SLO County poll workers see changes in training during pandemic

Posted at 7:32 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 23:25:40-05

Poll workers serve an important role in the voting process and this year, COVID-19 has changed some of the ways things are done.

San Luis Obispo County Voting Service Center Coordinator Marilyn Blake says technology is playing a big role for her team during this election.

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong says there is more equipment this election to allow for additional resources like outdoor drop-off locations and more space inside.

As a result, instead of having the usual one day, two-hour training session, election workers trained for multiple days last month, learning about the check-in process, equipment, and sanitary procedures.

Gong also says they have added sneeze guards where voters are in contact with poll workers and have added six-foot distance markers on the ground to protect both poll workers and voters alike.

For a full list of Voter Service Centers and Vote-by-Mail Ballot Drop Offices for San Luis Obispo County, click here.

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