The circumstances emerged whereas election staff continued counting hundreds of ballots. As a hand tally of the presidential race started in Georgia, the state’s prime election official positioned himself underneath quarantine after his spouse examined constructive for the coronavirus.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which is in a county thought of a nationwide virus scorching spot, an election official who labored an early voting website later examined constructive.
“I’m truly stunned that we don’t have extra circumstances,” stated Linn County Election Commissioner Joel Miller, who famous that a number of county staff in his constructing examined constructive within the final week. “It truly appears sort of far-fetched that we didn’t have extra, however they may not be reporting it to us.”
Election staff in Jackson County, Missouri, within the Kansas Metropolis suburbs, appear to be the toughest hit thus far, with about 28 staffers testing constructive previously couple of weeks.
Tammy Brown, head of the Jackson County Election Board, stated her staffers urged voters who felt in poor health to keep away from coming inside, although she suspects not everybody listened. The board handled practically 200,000 voters, together with greater than 60,000 who solid early ballots.
“We, as election officers, all knew we had been in danger,” Brown stated. “I don’t suppose this was surprising to any of us.”
With transmission charges excessive in Missouri, well being officers aren’t able to hyperlink the circumstances to polling locations. They are saying the employees may have turn out to be contaminated wherever.
The county supplied drive-thru voting for individuals with COVID-19 or who had been quarantining due to contact with somebody who was contaminated. When part-time staff grew to become in poor health, full-time election board employees labored the drive-thru line.
It’s troublesome to hint circumstances again to polling locations as a result of the virus manifests in numerous methods, and a few individuals by no means get signs. Infections are also spiking as individuals collect with prolonged household or associates and return to extra crowded public settings.