Election Day Safety: How safe are Oklahoma polling places during a pandemic?

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Election Board teamed up with the OU Health Sciences Center to come up with a plan to keep polling places safe on Election Day amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Polls workers are expected to be using Personal Protection Equipment and disinfecting polling places on Tuesday, adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks.

Voters will get pens that haven’t been used that can take with them or throw away.

The election board can’t legally require voters to wear masks, but they are strongly recommending it.

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Voters should prepare for plenty of waiting time and long lines at their polling places.

Some lines for early voting in Tulsa at ONEOK Field had some voters waiting nearly three hours in line before casting their ballots.

The election board says that the COVID-19 crisis has caused several usual poll workers not to work this year.

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County election boards have been working to train new volunteers to fill the void, but those workers may not be as fast as those who have been doing the job in previous elections.

Polls are open in Oklahoma from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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