Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Secretary of state has released health guidelines for PEOs this year. We want to ensure you that the Lucas County Board of Elections takes your protection seriously. We understand this a difficult time and we thank you so much for your service and being a part of the team. Listed below are several items the Secretary of State has directed us to do that will impact your normal job as a PEO.
All election officials must be equipped with and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) including a cloth mask or face shield.
All election officials should wear cloth face coverings unless one of the following exceptions apply:
The individual has a documented medical condition or disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering
The individual is communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or has another disability where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
All election officials must be equipped with an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for use at each step in the voting process where the officials are interacting with voters.
Each area should be cleaned/sanitized on a continual basis
Ensure that hand sanitizer will not interfere or damage election material such as ballots or equipment. Elections officials and voters should ensure their hands are dry prior to handing the election material.
Elections officials should ensure that their hands are properly washed or sanitized after interacting with each curbside voter.
Boards of elections and precinct elections officials must follow the guidance of election equipment manufacturers to properly and safely disinfect election equipment, such as ePollbooks and voting machines. Do not allow outside cleaners to be utilized on this equipment.
We will be providing a single use stylus (plastic straw) to each voter with which they can utilize throughout the process. The stylus (straw) will not be reused and the voter can keep or deposit in the provided trash area.
As much as possible precinct elections officials must minimize the use of shared objects, such as pens. Any item must be disinfected between multiple uses.
The state mask mandate is still currently in affect. Any voter who arrives without a mask should be offered one. If they refuse the mask they must be offered the option of curbside voting. If they refuse this option we must allow them to vote on the machines. Remember we cannot refuse the voter their right to cast their ballot.
Finally we are sad to report that we have been advised to prohibit communal eating, such as sharing a pizza or from a crock-pot. Pre-packaged or single serving food or snack are still permitted.