Warren County administrator of elections Susie Davenport is sending out a call to anyone needing community service hours to please come help with the upcoming election.
“We’re making packets for voters like we did in the August election and I’m needing kids who need some Tennessee Promise or Nation Honor Society community service hours who want to put those together,” said Davenport.
The packets are an effort to limit contact between voters. The packets in the August election contained a pen, a pair of gloves, and an “I Voted” sticker. The packets distributed during the Nov. 3 election will be a little different.
“We found out those gloves were hard to get on so this time the gloves will be an option. In August, most people were just taking that packet and using that plastic bag over their fingers to touch the machines. So the packet with the pen and the sticker will be available to everyone and the gloves will be available by request,” Davenport explained.
The packets are one of the many steps the Election Commission is taking to make voting in person as safe as possible.
“In addition to the packets, there will be a greeter who will ask you some questions. You’ll be asked if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID in the last 14 days, if you’ve had a temperature recently, and you’ll be asked to social distance.”
The Election Commission has even made it possible for someone who suspects they may be infected or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to vote on Election Day.
“We will have a voting machine set up outside the Administrative Building under the portico on Election Day. If anyone thinks they may be sick they will be directed to our office building,” said Davenport. “We have deputies that will be in full personal protective equipment. They’re going to have the gowns, the masks, and the gloves and they will sanitize that machine. They are going to allow the voter to vote just like they would’ve done if they’d gone to their precinct. Then that machine is going to be sanitized after they leave.”
“We are doing everything in our power in Warren County to make sure every voter has the opportunity to vote regardless of the pandemic or any other issues that may be prohibiting them from it,” Davenport said.