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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Official safety changes coming to Craighead County polls this fall

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- New safety changes are coming to Craighead County polls this fall, just in time for the November general election, according to Election Coordinator Jennifer Clack, who says she wants all voters and staff to be as safe as possible.

“Arkansas got some CARE Act funding for election so they will be providing lots of personal protective equipment,” says Election Coordinator Jennifer Clack. “We’re going to have masks and shields and plexiglass barriers and all sorts of materials to clean.”

Clack gave the update during last night’s Quorum Court meeting.

She says 15 voting sites will be open on election day and voters will receive an individual stylus to use when voting that can be thrown away or taken with them.

Tape will also mark the floor to encourage social distancing.

Masks will also not be required but are encouraged.

She also says these practices will be in place for the Jonesboro Public Schools special election this August.

Clack says she is also encouraging people to absentee vote as you will be able to drop your ballot off in a drive-thru style service.

She says you can also assign a bearer if you absentee vote.

“You can come in and sign it out and we take your I.D. and your information as well as the voter’s information,” says Clack. So yes, you can take a packet out and you fill it out just like a mail in ballot and it gets brought back to us.”

Clack says she won’t turn any voters away strongly encourages those who are sick to vote absentee.

She also says certain poll workers will be designated to clean machines in between uses.


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