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Board of Elections Makes Sure Voters and Poll Workers are Safe During COVID-19

Safe Voting

After reviewing guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the NC State Board of Elections has determined that it is necessary for poll workers and early voting workers to wear PPE in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Note: Voters will be encouraged to wear face coverings and they will be available to any voter who wants one. However, voters will not be turned away if they choose not to wear a face covering.

The following are the safety precautions taken at polling locations:

  • Poll workers
    • Poll workers will wear proper face coverings and gloves, use hand sanitizer, adhere to sanitation guidelines of hand washing, and will be provided disinfecting wipes for high touch surfaces. Clear desktop shields will also protect each check-in station.
  • Voters
    • Voters will be offered masks and hand sanitizer upon arrival. Greeters will hand out single-use pens for filling out ballots, and cotton swabs wil be available for touch-screen equipment if needed.
  • No “I Voted” Stickers
    • “I Voted” stickers will not be given out this election. This is to reduce as many opportunities for transmission as possible.
  • Curbside Voters
    • Curbside voters will use disposable privacy sleeves.
  • Social Distancing
    • Polling sites will provide markers to help voters stay at least six feet apart from each other. The distance between voting booths and equipment will also be increased to account for social distancing wherever possible. Voters are encouraged to maintain social distancing from other individuals.
  • Voting Equipment
    • All surfaces touched by voters or poll workers will be sanitized between each use. Voting booths and equipment touched by a user will be cleaned inbetween each voter.
  • Screening
    • Voters will not be screened for fever or other symptoms and will not be turned away. Poll workers and early voting workers will self-screen for symptoms or exposures and report to County Elections if they are unable to work because of symptoms.

For more details, view the attached document featuring guidance from the State Board of Elections.


Elections Services is still currently looking for poll workers for Election Day, June 23rd. Click here if you’re interested!

For any more information about voting by mail, Early Voting, Election Day, or future elections, please visit the Board of Elections website.

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State Board of Elections Memo 77 KB 06/04/2020 5:39 PM