FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) will provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to all counties in the state for voters to use on election night.
Staff at polling precincts will have masks available for any voter who wants one to wear while voting.
According to the SOS, voters are not required to wear a mask, and voters cannot be turned away or denied the right to vote if not wearing a mask.
However, voters are encouraged to wear masks, and some municipalities may still require masks.
"Between the county and the state, we feel like we can offer safe elections at the polls," Itawamba County Circuit Clerk Carol Gates said.
The SOS is also providing single-use pens and/or styluses for voters to use without touching a previously-used marking device.
“Voters may take the pen or stylus as they leave the polling place or place the item in a box to be sanitized for future use,” according to the SOS.
Hand sanitizer will also be available for voters to use.
Gates said Itawamba County polling staff will set out a wastebasket for voters to properly dispose of their masks and gloves if needed.