Digital Exclusive: Midland County Election Administrator taking precautions ahead of primary runoff

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MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – The primary runoff is just around the corner. The Midland County Election Administrator, Carolyn Graves, is preparing to protect voters and her workers come election day.

“We’re going to take every precaution that we possibly can. We’re going to encourage the voters to wear their mask and you know, their gloves but like say, even touching the screen we’re going to have someone clean that screen,” says Graves.

Election officials have plans in place in accordance with guidelines provide by the CDC.

During the elections, seven workers will be in the poll room only allowing three voters at a time. officials will mark off six feet while voters wait in line. Voting machines will be kept six feet apart.

Graves also encourages those eligible to receive a ballot by mail to apply. Graves stress voters over 65, disabled or will be out of the county on election day are eligible for ballot by mail.

“We are encouraging those who are eligible,” says Graves.

Another challenge the officials face is lack of election day workers.

With early voting now beginning on June 29 instead of July 6.

“Our main challenge has been workers because of the additional week,” says Graves.

Graves says anyone who would love to work during elections is encouraged to call the elections office but must be 16 or older to work with parents’ permission.

“We try to utilize college students or high school students. So, all of those that are at home and need something to do can give us a call,” says Graves.

Graves says they are striving to have a successful election.

Graves has been working tirelessly as Midland County faces the runoff election and the Midland Memorial sales and use tax election simultaneously. Graves was only available for a quick phone interview as early voting is less than a month away.

The primary runoff will be July 14.

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