Some Palm Beach County voters are choosing to vote by mail due to the concerns about the coronavirus.
Local officials say more than 72,000 mail-in ballots have been sent and processed by their offices this week, or about 20,000 more than in the previous election cycle.
According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, voters may visit any of their four offices to pick up a mail ballot.
As for Tuesday’s primary election, Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link explains, “We are taking precautions in terms of making sure that we have hand wipes or sanitizers.”
She adds that each polling location will be stocked with gloves for voters and poll workers, in order to minimize skin-to-skin contact and skin-to-surface contact with the ballots, door handles and pens used to vote.
“We’re not really using their equipment or touching their things, so I think as long as we get our stuff cleaned up when we leave, and I’ll coordinate with the school district to see if there’s anything additional we need to do,” Sartory Link says.
All ballots must be turned into the Supervisor of Elections by 7 p.m. on primary election day, Tuesday, March 17.