Election officials work to keep polling places sanitary amid coronavirus concerns

If you plan to vote in the primary over the next week, consider bringing some extra things with you.

Local supervisors of elections say the coronavirus is posing some challenges for them, especially when it comes to keeping cleaning supplies at all their polling site, as it’s been difficult to get their hands on disinfectant supplies.

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Supervisors say they know the products are necessary to stop the possible spread of the coronavirus, and to also give voters some peace of mind as thousands will head to the polls over the next week.

In Volusia, Lake and Seminole counties, “they’re sanitizing the voting booths, the equipment,” according to Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Chris Anderson, adding they have enough to last them through Primary Day.

In Marion County, however, the supervisor said they will not have enough to last them throughout Primary Day at all 117 of their polling sites, and urges everyone to practice good hygiene.

Brevard and Osceola counties did not return a request for comment.

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Another option to limit your time at polling places is, you or a designee can just pick up a ballot, fill it out at home, then return it to a site by next Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.