Michiganders can take a sigh of relief knowing preparation procedures are being put in place to protect voters from COVID-19. The implementation of gloves, masks, thermometers, wipes, and masks will be required when filling out this year’s ballot.
Who is helping to implement these safety protocols? Janice Winfrey, Clerk of the City of Detroit.
The Michigan Primary race is August 4 and while half of Michigan voters will send in their candidate of choice by absentee ballots, incentives are being designed to draw in all Michiganders.
“We’re even doing drive-through voting – where the voter really doesn’t even have to get out of the car, other than to put that ballot through the tabulator,” said Winfrey.
All in-person voters will receive a temperature check upon entry to their polling place.
Those who are uneasy about going to a school or church to cast their vote have an array of options at their disposal.
“Use one of our drop boxes, or drop it off at the vote center, or drop it off here,” she said.
Michiganders voting from home have a different set of rules. Absentee ballots must be in envelopes and sent out by hand. Despite the high-powered machines designed to sort the ballots, they have to be opened physically by workers.
“We are administering an election during a pandemic,” said Winfrey, unsure of what her numbers will be. “How safe our workers and voters feel will determine if they return in the fall.”
The ballots will be opened and counted when the polls open at 7 p.m. on August 4th.