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Masks required at Pima County polling places Tuesday

Voters should wear masks when they go to vote at the poll on Election Day in Pima County, officials said. That requirement is part of the public health protocols under emergency orders to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Voters without masks will be offered one. If that doesn't work, voters will be offered the opportunity to vote curbside," said Pima County spokesman Mark Evans.

All polling places will be cleaned and sanitized prior to opening on Election Day and will be cleaned again throughout the day. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for the public at polling places, officials said.

Election workers at polling places won't be expected to challenge voters who insist on violating the emergency health measures, to lessen the possibility of conflicts, Evans told TucsonSentinel.com.

For voters who are quarantined because they have COVID-19 or were potentially exposed, including senior citizens in nursing homes and elsewhere who cannot be in public because of the pandemic, election workers can be sent to visit them to ensure they can cast their ballots in time.

"We are already working with several nursing homes (where) we were able to mail their patients/voters ballots. Some of the other facilities, we have already been going to them," Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez said. For voters who do not have an early ballot, election workers can bring a secure iPad for them to use to record their votes.

Quarantined voters can call the Pima County Recorder's Office directly at 520-724-4330 and ask for "team voting" to request help.

"The sooner the better; we can only handle so many," said Rodriguez, who emphasized that voters who need help should contact her office right away. "Other county departments that already have county vehicles are helping, especially the Assessor's Office."

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Election officials have been coordinating with hospitals and other facilities in recent weeks, Rodriguez said.

"For those that are in a lock-down facility due to COVID-related matters we will do the iPad voting," she said.

If voters experience any issues at polling places on Election Day, they should call 724-6830.

Additional election information, such as what ID is necessary, can be found at www.pima.gov/VoteSafe. While early ballots can be dropped at any polling place, in-person voters on Tuesday must go to their assigned site. Find your precinct polling place at http://web1.pima.gov/Elections/polling-locator/

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