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Reps. Galonski and Sweeney call for hygiene plan to be implemented during elections

Both express concern over the lack of direction from the Secretary of State
August 4, 2020
Tavia Galonski News

COLUMBUS –State Representatives Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) sent a letter today to Secretary of State Frank LaRose encouraging the implementation of a statewide hygiene plan for polling places to follow during the upcoming general election.  In the letter, Galonski and Sweeney suggested that LaRose should provide health guidelines for polling places, including:

1. The sanitization practices that must be implemented at polling places (ex. wiping down high touch surfaces, making hand sanitizer available, etc.);

2. Strict social distancing requirements;

3. Requiring voters and workers to wear face coverings;

a. Making masks available in the event that someone does not have one;

b. Having a standard protocol for those not able to wear masks so that they can vote safely and without putting others at risk;

4. Encouraging curb side voting and absentee voting.

“Ohio voters should not have to decide between their health and casting a vote,” Galonski said.

“Every single voter deserves to know that they can cast a ballot without risking their health,” said Sweeney. “Anything less than a binding directive with standard protocols leaves room for voter disenfranchisement and the endangerment of poll workers.”

Their suggestions come after a confusing primary election that caused the Health Director to suspend in-person voting due to high risk of spreading COVID-19.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Letter attached.

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Reps. Galonski and Sweeney call for hygiene plan to be implemented during elections (PDF)