COVID-19 Safety Measures in Place for Voting at the Polls

Nov 2, 2020

People vote during the April Election in Rhinelander. Similar COVID-19 safety measures will be in place for the November election.
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Wisconsin is seeing record voter turnout when it comes to early voting.

Even with those record numbers, there’s still plenty of registered voters that could turn out to vote on election day.

With the potential of hundreds of people coming through polling places in the Northwoods, certain steps are being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Clerks have been given public health guidance from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

JB Van Hollen is the former Wisconsin Attorney General. He’s working with “Vote Safe”. It’s a bipartisan coalition that’s ensuring voters right to vote safely and securely.

“I think the clerks did a great job of anticipating the worst and based upon that, they have taken every precaution that I think you can really take and be able to function with in-person voting,” said Van Hollen.

Like the previous elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, election workers will be wearing masks, sanitizer will be available and social distancing measures will be in place.

Voters are encouraged to wear masks, but they can’t be forced to.

“I think people are going to find that voting in person is really just as safe as if there wasn’t COVID in place,” said Van Hollen.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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