Virus concerns? Bring a pen to the polls
Galvin outlines voting preparations for coronavirus
CONCERNS ABOUT the coronavirus are seeping into Super Tuesday preparations, as Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin suggested voters heading to the polls bring along their own pens to avoid fingering the same pens used by other voters.
Galvin said he is urging local voting officials to regularly clean voting compartments, have additional election officials on standby if some workers stay away, and provide extra pens to cut down on repeat uses.“The one common piece of equipment that might be used is the pen, so we’re suggesting that local election officials have extra pens, replacement pens, but also allow and encourage voters who might be concerned to bring their own pens,” Galvin said. “The only caveat on that is please do not bring a red pen because the machines will not read red. It would have to be hand-read.”
Galvin is estimating a strong turnout on Tuesday, with 1.5 million Democrat and 350,000 Republicans casting votes. Even with those high numbers, the total would be below the more than 2 million ballots cast four years ago.