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Health dept. urges Marion County voters to 'Be the One' to help prevent spread of COVID-19

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Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 29, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — As Election Day approaches, the Marion County Public Health Department is encouraging those planning to head to the polls to "Be the One" who follows COVID-19 safety recommendations when they head out to cast their vote.

The health department is recommending a series of steps to help protect voters and poll workers during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Wear a mask. Use hand sanitizer before and after use of a face covering.
  • Avoid close contact. When possible, stay at least six feet apart from other people, even if they are wearing masks.
  • Clean your hands often. Wash hands or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol before and after leaving the place of voting.

"Holding an election during COVID-19 is a tremendous challenge, but it can be done safely," Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department, said. "Let's all make a commitment and agree to follow some simple COVID-19 guidelines that protect the health of everyone who chooses to vote in-person this election."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that voters plan ahead and prepare by making sure they are registered to vote, knowing ahead of time the candidates who are on the ballot, and checking ahead on a location's hours.