If ever there was a time voters might consider switching to vote-by-mail, it might be now, in the midst of the coronavirus disruption.
But Saturday was the last day for voters to make that switch ahead of next Tuesday's
Lewis said Tuesday her office is taking precautions for the election, supplying hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies to the list of items being sent to polling places. Paper towels and spray bottles containing 99% pure alcohol will also be sent, and election workers will wipe down check-in screens, voting booths, security sleeves and pens. Also, voters will be allowed to bring their own blue or black pen to vote, and voting booths will be placed further apart.
"We don't want voters to be afraid to go out to vote. We want both the voters and election workers to feel safe," Lewis said.
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Another concern is pollworkers. Lewis learned on Tuesday that five of about 600 pollworkers had informed her they will not work the election because of coronavirus concerns. Another is whether any polling sites will decline to host the election.
"One questioned me about it. We assured them with what we will be doing, taking preventative measures," Lewis said, adding that the site was one that hosts a lot of senior activities. "That is a worry."
Mail ballots have been leading the way in turnout thus far, with Early Voting proving to be a less popular choice.
"It's going kind of slow," said Volusia Democratic Party Chair
"I think it will affect the vote," she said. "I think it will help both parties enlist more vote-by-mail for the August primary."
Both parties have been urging more voters to request mail ballots. Dickson said Democratic return rate for mail ballots in the 2018 election was 86% -- far surpassing the percentage of voters who didn't participate at the polls.
Despite having a more contested race,
"I think they're holding their ballots," Dickson said.
If they were waiting to see how Super Tuesday shook out,
Meanwhile, local enthusiasm for President
All but 3% of Republican
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