How election officials made sure people with COVID-19 could still vote

Voters can declare voting emergency and have someone else drop off their ballots

With lots of big races on the ballot, Seminole County is seeing a high voter turnout.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – People with the contagious novel coronavirus could still cast their ballots on Election Day with precautions.

Seminole County’s Elections Supervisor Chris Anderson explained how his office and poll workers are taking precautions against COVID from voters.

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Anderson said he’s had several requests for emergency ballots from voters with coronavirus.

Voters who declare a voting emergency can request that someone else pick up and drop off their ballot.

The voter must complete and sign a form stating the emergency and who will be picking up and dropping off the ballot.

Only then will the ballot be released to the representative to be filled out by the voter.

Anderson said Tuesday afternoon a COVID-19- positive family had a representative drop off their ballots.

The ballots will be accepted at the elections office front counter and then immediately sanitized. Anderson said the office has a misting machine that sprays a disinfectant chemical into the air. The ballots will be disinfected before they are handled by anyone else at the elections office.

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