Voter/Poll Worker Health and Safety

Health Protocols for the Run-off Election

Goal: To ensure the in-person health safety of all voters and election workers while also ensuring and maintaining the integrity of the election process.

  • There will be seven polling sites as such: Hawkins, Holly Lake, Winnsboro, Yantis, Quitman, Mineola, and Alba.
  • Ideally, we hope to have one-way in for the voters to enter and one-way out for the voters to exit.
  • A sufficient amount of disinfectant, including wipes and sprays, and hand sanitizer, will be available at each polling site.
  • Where feasible, prop doors open to help voters avoid touching the surfaces. Otherwise, workers will disinfect door handles frequently throughout the day.
  • We will try to space voting machines out as far as possible.
  • Workers will clean and disinfect machines, tables, writing utensils, chairs, doorknobs, handrails, and other regularly touched surfaces routinely.
  • We will use blue painter tape to mark the floors to help maintain at least six feet of separation among voters.
  • We will remain mindful of ADA accessibility standards for the disabled and workplace safety regulations for election workers, poll watchers, and voters.
  • Upon entering the voting room, greeters will offer a mask to votes who are not wearing one.    It is optional for voters to reject the offer.
  • After voters receive their number slip, we will ask them to use the available hand sanitizer before using the voting machine to cast their votes.
  • Loitering outside the polling place will not be permitted.
  • Greeters will be responsible for helping voters to remain six-feet apart upon entering and while inside the facility, and encouraging voters to leave the premises immediately after they vote.
  • We will post visible signage with the list of health protocols for voters at each site. This information will also be shared with the local newspapers by Laura’s office. Such information will include social distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation, and self-screen for any of the symptoms of possible COVID-19 before coming to a polling place.
  • We cannot turn away any voters who exhibit any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. I suggested that we have an isolated machine and clear the space of other individuals as much as possible while privately (HIPPA) explaining why we feel it is necessary to take such actions.
  • All democratic election workers will be required to wear face coverings.
  • All democratic election workers will receive masks (preferably NK95), face shields, and hand sanitizer.

Poll worker safety Prepared for Wood County Democrats

  • Don’t work if you feel sick or have potentially been possibly exposed to Covid-19
  • Wear a good fitting N95 or KN95 mask. If you have a respirator that is the best.
  • Use a full-face shield. Wear glasses if that is not available. Safety glasses or goggles are great. Swim goggles are also good.
  • Try not to touch your face.
  • Distance from voters. Put 2 tables side by side and reach for ID. Use plexiglass shields to protect from breathing of voters if possible.
  • Wear gloves. Change periodically. Have your own bottle if hand sanitizer. Use between glove changes.
  • Wear a loose outer garment if possible. Consider it contaminated. Bring a paper bag with you. When you leave for the day take garment off inside out and put in bag. Then remove gloves and put on top. Put in trunk or back of car. Leave untouched in garage at least 24 hours and wash in laundry with towels. Don’t shake it out before washing.
  • Clean your area with viricidal cleaners before polls open and on a regular basis, every half hour, or more if traffic is heavy, and especially if people are not wearing masks or coughing. 
  • Sneeze/cough into elbow.
  • Use fans to keep the air circulating in the room, especially around workers tables. Droplets with virus won’t “hang” in moving air.
  • Check temperatures of voters before coming in building and if they look sick do curbside voting. Encourage this if voters are a high-risk group but afraid to VBM.
  • Bring your own water/food and do not share.
  • Finally. Consider every surface in the bathroom contaminated. Don’t take your mask off. Close the toilet lid before flushing, if possible. If no lid, please don’t touch any surface. Wipe everything with a cleaning wipe before and after you touch it. Use hand sanitizer on return to your station.
  • If you have serious chronic illnesses or any immunosuppression, please don’t volunteer.