Social distancing precautions enforced at the polls

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REHOBETH, Ala. (WDHN) — Rehobeth town hall is one of many voting precincts preparing for Tuesday’s runoff elections with social distancing-guidelines and precautions in place.

“Voting is always a special time, it’s an important time for our citizens to be able to express their wishes as it relates to who leads and who serves us. This all the more because it’s been a complicated time it’s been a difficult time with the challenges we’ve faced,” said Houston County Health Department Administrator of the Southeastern District, Corey Kirkland.

Davenport says they have implemented a number of strategies to try to ensure the safety of poll workers and voters and ensure a good voting experience for the public.

“We are instituting social distancing practices here at the precinct you’ll notice at all the different precincts there are stickers on the floor that kind of delineate the areas that voters should stand-in. We’ve also provided hand sanitizer for the voters and masks for the voters,” Kirkland said. “Likewise, we are providing masks for the poll workers as well as a face shield.”

The precincts will also have individual stylus pens for each voter to use when registering on the electronic poll book and individual pens that will only be used once and not to be shared with other voters.

“I think we’ve done a number of things to ensure that both the public and the polls workers are cared for and are safe and this can be a really good experience for them,” Kirkland shared.

Davenport told us masks are not required but strongly suggested, the precinct will have masks available for voters who have forgotten theirs at home.

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