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Ouachita Parish official provides preview ahead of Election Day

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Officials say most machines have been tested and sealed ahead of Election Day.
Officials say most machines have been tested and sealed ahead of Election Day.
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 10:14 PM CDT
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Election Day is Saturday, July 11. Ouachita Parish officials say the workers and machines are ready for the big day.

The last voting machines arrived to their precinct around 4 p.m. Friday evening. Ouachita Parish clerk of court Dana Benson says all others have been tested and sealed.

“They will all be there and on time in the morning ready to go,” Benson says.  “When the commissioners and commissioners in charge arrive at 6:30, they’ll be ready to set up and open the polls at 7.”

Benson says precinct commissioners and commissioners-in-charge had a meeting on Monday on protocols and procedures for Election Day.

“Just a brief class with the commissioners and commissioners in charge explaining about the PPE equipment that they will be required to wear and about sanitizing.”

Benson says measures will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 too. “We will be sanitizing everything after every voter. The machines will be wiped down. Every pen that is touched will be wiped down. The commissioners in charge will all have on PPE. They will have gowns, gloves, masks, face shields.”

For the voters, Benson says not much is changing except for people who at one familiar precinct. “Everyone that votes at the West Ouachita Senior Center, that precinct has been moved to the West Monroe Convention Center.”

Overall, Benson says the voting experience won’t change much for the majority of people will be “normal.” “I do know that we’ve had a lot of mail-in ballots, and we’ll be ready to start on those tomorrow and have those as soon as possible,” Benson says.

She just asks one thing of everyone coming out to the polls. “We are asking that everybody please, please wear a mask when you come into vote. Not for our commissioners’ safety, but for your safety.”

To find your voting location and other election information, you can go to the Louisiana secretary of state’s website.

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