Taylor County Supervisor of Elections Safety Protocol for Voting in Person

Your Supervisor of Elections and staff is working diligently to ensure every voter who wishes to vote in person can cast their ballot safely and conveniently in the upcoming 2020 Primary and General Elections. We are following all the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Here is what we are doing to try to keep you safe…

  • 6 feet social distancing throughout the precinct and early voting site to the best of our ability (both poll workers and voters).
  • Privacy booths used by voters will be stationed 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing.
  • We will disinfectant privacy booths as often as possible between voters.
  • Individual disinfectant wipes will be available for a voter to use when they choose a privacy booth.
  • Social distancing signs will be displayed outside the precinct and early voting site to remind voters who are waiting to be allowed in the polling room to maintain a 6-foot distance.
  • Encourage poll workers and voters to wear a mask, however it is not mandatory. There will be enough masks provided at each polling location and early voting site for any voter who does not bring their own and would like one.
  • Hand sanitizer available at the entrance to a polling room and early voting site and stationed throughout the room for use in all areas where a voter might have interaction with another person.
  • Every polling location and early voting site will be well stocked with disinfectant wipes and disinfectant spray to cleanse and disinfectant all areas within the polling room and early voting site throughout the day.
  • Each voter will be issued a take-a-way pen. They will use this pen to sign their voting pass and mark their ballot. The voter will then be instructed to take the pen with them when they leave.
  • We are providing plexiglass stations, also known as sneeze guards, for all poll workers to use as a barrier between themselves and a voter.
  • Poll Deputies, who are stationed at the entrance to a polling room or early voting site have been provided a face shield to protect them and the voter from face to face contact.
  • Phone sanitizers to disinfectant phones between each use. These phones are used to contact the elections office when a voter needs some direct assistance from my office.
  • We will not be issuing a privacy folder to every voter when they receive their ballot. We will only issue a privacy folder to a voter when requested.
  • We will be taking the temperature of each poll worker on election morning before the precinct opens. We will also take the temperature of each poll worker and staff member who will be assisting during each day of early voting. If anyone has a 100.4 temperature or higher, they will not be allowed to work.

Here is what you can do to assist us…

  • Ensure your address is current before arriving to vote. Call 850-838-3515 to verify your address.
  • Study your sample ballot before going to vote. Mark your sample ballot and take it with you. This will speed up the process of voting when you arrive.
  • Be sure to take advantage of our hand sanitizer when you enter the precinct or early voting site.
  • Do not touch your mouth/face inside the polling room in order to maintain hand sanitation as you move through the voting process.
  • Limit discussion and interaction with poll workers and other voters inside the polling room or early voting site to protect everyone in the room. I encourage you to take your safety into your own hands. If you would like to wear a mask, please do so. If you do not have a mask and would like one, we will have one available for you.
  • Please be courteous and only take one mask. Remember your friends, neighbors and possibly family members voting in person might need a mask as well.
  • Mask are not mandatory, but we ask that if you choose to not wear some type of face covering that you self-distance yourself to protect others.
  • Bring your patience with you. You may encounter lines on election day or during early voting. This is inevitable since we are following the CDC guidelines for social distancing. It will be worth the few extra minutes it takes to cast your ballot.
  • Please do not bring items into the precinct or early voting site that you do not need in order to cast your ballot.
  • We ask that you do your part to vote safely and quickly and follow all safety procedures that are in place.
  • Provide identification in order to receive your voter pass.
  • Proceed to the ballot issuing table to receive your proper ballot.
  • Go directly to an empty privacy booth, stay in your privacy booth until you have completed the marking of your ballot.
  • Proceed directly to the tabulator so your ballot can be cast.
  • Get your “I Voted Sticker” and please exit the precinct or early voting site as quickly as possible.

Thank You for Voting