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Polling locations get bins of PPE delivered in preparation for Election Day

Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 19:12:59-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Election Commission is doing what they can to ensure a safe Election Day amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To help the voting process be as safe as possible, bins of PPE were distributed to all polling locations in the county.

"We work with a third party company who’s done it for many years. They deliver our polling place supply boxes today so all the supplies that the polling locations will need when the poll workers arrive at 7 o clock tomorrow to set up the polling place. This year we had an additional box full of PPE, wipes, hand sanitizer, masks, face shields all of those good things," Brian Kruse, Douglas County Election Commissioner, said.

Some of that PPE was provided by the state of Nebraska. The Election Commission also worked with Mangelsen's to get some supplies.

Voters are encouraged to social distance and wear a mask. If you happen to forget one, poll workers will provide you with one.

"Safety really is the number one goal here tomorrow. Voting of course, but safe voting," Kruse said.

While the Election Commission can't require people to wear masks because it's a government facility, some polling locations can.

Kruse says about 70 percent of voters have cast their ballot early so he believes lines won't be too long on Election Day. Social distancing will be much easier then.