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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Election officials work to keep all machines clean in time for early voting

JONESBORO, Ark. Despite multiple confirmed cases of covid-19 in Northeast Arkansas, including Craighead County, Arkansas House of Representatives District 53 runoff election is still set to happen on March 31st.

Now poll employees are working to keep all machines clean and sanitized.

"Of course, we won’t turn anyone away, but we please ask that if you are sick and running fever don’t come in a polling place on election day," says Jennifer Clack, Craighead County Elections Coordinator. "We also have hand sanitizer, everyone coming in the door will need to sanitize. We do have cleaners for every machine to be wiped down in between voters so we don’t spread and will use six feet difference."

In Arkansas there is no legal basis for Governor Asa Hutchinson to postpone the runoff.

On the ballot for House District 53 is Cole Peck and Lake City Mayor, John Milligan.

If you are worried about voting on election day, early voting is being pushed as there are usually no lines, less voters and quicker service.

All percautions poll employees have in place for election day will also be in place during early voting.

You can also still request an absentee ballot until March 24t. One man says he still mans on voting despite COVID-19.

“Yes, I will be voting," says Lake City resident Spencer Ott. "I will be smart about it. I will take disinfecting with me. I am going to be careful about it but yes, I am going to vote.”

While we are in the middle of primary season, a small amount of states have postponed their election due to COVID-19 including Connecticut and Ohio.


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