Phelps County voters will see new procedures when voting amid COVID-19

Lori Amos
The Rolla Daily News

Phelps County Clerk Pamela Grow said in a notice to voters there would be clear acrylic sneeze shields on the judges’ tables and voters may hold up their IDs to the plastic shield.

There will be new signage on social distancing at the doors and within the polling place, as well as new signage offering curbside voting for anyone wishing to practice greater social distancing. 

The bright yellow tape will be on the floor to remind residents to spread out six feet. Judges will be wearing gloves and masks if that is their preference, according to Grow. Hand sanitizer for both voters and judges will be on-hand. Judges will sanitize the ballot tabulator as needed. Judges will sanitize voter tables and chairs with bleach wipes or 70 percent alcohol spray, according to Grow. 

By law, voters are not required to wear masks. Grow said voters are free to wear their masks but are asked to lower them if requested by a judge.

Phelps County’s municipal elections were postponed to June following Gov. Mike Parson’s executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. Gov. Parson signed Executive Order 20-03, ordering all Missouri municipal elections scheduled for April 7 to be held June 2.