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Sunday May 24th, 2020 9:31PM

Hall County Elections Officials implementing new sanitizing regulations for early voting

By Lauren Hunter Multimedia Journalist

Hall County Elections officials are implementing health and sanitizing regulations for poll workers and voters ahead of early voting.

A news release from Hall County Government states that these new regulations include requiring workers and voters to stand six feet apart, sanitizing voting machines after each use and making hand sanitizer available at each voting location.

Early voting will be held at the Gainesville Exploration Academy this year rather than the Hall County Government Center to allow more space for social distancing. Additional early voting sites will open at the Spout Springs Library, North Hall Community Center and East Hall Community Center for the final week of early voting June 1st-5th and for statewide Saturday voting on May 30th.

Hall County Elections Director Lori Wurtz said that signage encouraging the new regulations has been ordered to place around the precincts. Additional signage will encourage voters to cover their mouth when they cough, wash their hands frequently and cover their mouth when they cough.

“We are working hard to make sure our poll workers and our voters are safe as they head to the polls," said Wurtz. "The democratic process is incredibly important-even in the midst of this national health pandemic, and we need people who are willing to help us facilitate that process in a safe and careful way.”

Elections officials are still looking for poll workers to help with early voting and on Election Day. Early voting begins on May 18th and runs through June 5th.

Wurtz said there is a critical need for poll workers in general, but anyone who is fluent in Spanish is encouraged to apply. Anyone who is interested in applying to be a poll worker can contact Paige Thompson with the Hall County Elections Department at 678-696-2505 or pathompson@hallcounty.org.

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  • Associated Tags: Early Voting, Hall County elections, 2020 election, COVID-19
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