5/27/20 – Yesterday, the county commissioners released a statement on how they are handling safety and cleaning at polling stations for the primary election. Following questions by local media and community members regarding the requirement to wear a face mask, the commissioners have released an addition statement.
In-person voters are asked to be considerate of poll workers and voters by wearing a mask when entering the polling location and maintain the recommended 6-foot social distance between others.
To limit contact with commonly used items, in-person voters are encouraged to bring their own pens in order to sign the poll book. In-person voters are strongly encouraged to wear masks but not required.
5/26/20 – For those who plan to vote in person Tuesday, June 2nd, the Berks County Commissioners have updated their plans to hold a safe, clean and secure primary election.
The commissioners say every polling location will be electrostatically sanitized and deep cleaned before poll location are opened and after closing.
Additionally, all election personnel and polls will be provided with the a PPE (personal protective equipment) to protect both poll workers and voters.
The commissioners want the public to know they are safe when voting in person.
Election Board Chair, Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt noted, “We believe these measures provide people voting in-person peace of mind. It also provides the owners of the 202 polling locations the knowledge that the county is leaving their property in a safe and sanitized condition.”
All poll workers will be provided a Face Shield, Mask, Hand Sanitizer and Gloves. Voters will be provided a glove and Q-Tip for use on the touch screen and voters are required to wear a mask.