Yazoo County is taking steps to help keep voters safe during the upcoming elections.
The Board of Supervisors approved a request by Circuit Clerk Robert Coleman Monday to hire a company to clean and sanitize polling places at a cost of $4,800. The county will be reimbursed by the Secretary of State’s office.
Coleman said other precautions against COVID-19 will be taken, including proving masks and protective equipment to poll workers and creating more space between voting machines.
“We’re taking all of the precautions that we can,” Coleman said.
Voters will be able to vote from the curbside as needed. Coleman said he expects more curbside votes this year, and he is making sure the polling places are prepared.
Additional staff is being hired to help for this election, and all election workers are getting an additional $50 as “hazard pay.”
Coleman said it appears there will be more voters voting by absentee ballot this year as well. Mail votes must be postmarked by election day to be counted.