STARKVILLE, Miss (WTVA) - Voters will head to the polls on September 22nd to elect new members into the Mississippi Legislature.
The Oktibbeha County Circuit Court is working to implement new safety measures to keep voters at ease while making their selections.
Some of these new changes include requiring poll workers and voters to wear masks while also enforcing social distancing. However, Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Clerk, Tony Rook, says one of the biggest changes in the voting process is how individuals will be able to record their selections.
“Voters will not touch the machines if they don’t want to," Rook said. "They will be allowed to use q-tips to make their selection instead of using their fingers.”
The Circuit Court also hired new staff with the sole purpose of sanitizing everything voters touch.
Bailiffs will monitor those voters to ensure they maintain social distancing.
With all these precautions, Rook believes that in-person voting will be a safe option.
The clerk also said that he does not think the coronavirus will impact the number of people who come out to vote. “We expect a record turn out not only at the polls but we expect a record number of absentee voters as well,” he said.
The Circuit Court is considering moving voting outside if it makes voters feel more comfortable.