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Boards Of Election Prepare For In-person Voting

Aug 17, 2020

Election officials around the state are trying to recruit 35,000 poll workers for Election Day in November.

Leaders are weighing-in on what conditions poll workers might face when people cast their ballots in-person. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

County boards of elections will follow state standards of setting voters six feet apart and cleaning surfaces. 

Governor Mike DeWine says the statewide mask mandate in public will also apply to in person voters. But, he says a voter must not be turned away if they're not wearing a mask.   

 

"We would not want anybody who works at the polls to be put in a position where they have to tell somebody 'oh you can't vote unless you have a mask on.' We're not going to do that. That is a basic right." 

 

State elections officials say recruiting poll workers is their biggest challenge. New programs have been tailored to attract people in groups such as accountants and veterans.