Expect changes if you plan on voting at the polls Tuesday due to coronavirus

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mainers were encouraged to vote by absentee. Many towns reported record demand for absentee ballots compared to past primary elections.Mainers planning to vote in-person on Tuesday can expect several changes at the polls, according to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.All election officials are required to wear either a face covering and/or a face shield while they are working at the polls.Voters are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings but cannot be turned away from voting for not doing so.Cities and towns must comply with the 50-person gathering limit in the polling place and must maintain 6-foot physical distancing between people.Depending on the size of the voting area and how many check-in tables, voting booths and tabulators will fit within the layout, the maximum capacity may be significantly less than 50 people, election officials said.Voters may also be asked to travel in one direction to complete the voting process.The state said it will supply protective and sanitization equipment for each voting place to protect election workers and voters.The materials will include face coverings and gloves for election workers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, tabletop protective shields, screen cleaners for the vote tabulators, and ballot marking pens.Tabletop protective shields will be used at voter check-in tables and voter registration tables where 6-foot physical distancing is not practicable to maintain.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mainers were encouraged to vote by absentee. Many towns reported record demand for absentee ballots compared to past primary elections.

Mainers planning to vote in-person on Tuesday can expect several changes at the polls, according to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.

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All election officials are required to wear either a face covering and/or a face shield while they are working at the polls.

Voters are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings but cannot be turned away from voting for not doing so.

Cities and towns must comply with the 50-person gathering limit in the polling place and must maintain 6-foot physical distancing between people.

Depending on the size of the voting area and how many check-in tables, voting booths and tabulators will fit within the layout, the maximum capacity may be significantly less than 50 people, election officials said.

Voters may also be asked to travel in one direction to complete the voting process.

The state said it will supply protective and sanitization equipment for each voting place to protect election workers and voters.

The materials will include face coverings and gloves for election workers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, tabletop protective shields, screen cleaners for the vote tabulators, and ballot marking pens.

Tabletop protective shields will be used at voter check-in tables and voter registration tables where 6-foot physical distancing is not practicable to maintain.