PAULDING, Ohio (WFFT) — The timing of the Ohio Primary Election being postponed created confusion amongst both voters and election officials.
“I figured it was going to be canceled, and I was planning on voting today,” said Wanda Harris, Oakwood resident. “I was watching Facebook, of course, keeping an update on everything.”
Election boards in Ohio said they heard concerns coming from poll workers and voters who were unsure of how holding the election would impact the spread of COVID-19.
“They were concerned about working the poles and having the people come in not knowing what somebody might have,” said Linda Stutz, Van Wert County Board of Elections Director. “It came down to, ‘Which way should we go on this? Is this or isn't it safe to do?’”
Paulding County Board of Elections Director Brenda Crawford said they were prepared to take extra precautions in the voting process.
“We had hand sanitizing gel, wipes, kleenexes, and gloves,” Crawford said. “We were going to have our voters stop six feet out from the check-in table.”
The Ohio Primary Election will be held on June, 2.
In the meantime, Ohio election boards will be in charge of storing the polling equipment and running any additional tests that The Ohio Secretary of State deems necessary.
“As we get closer to June, 2 we will go back and retest to make sure everything is up and working as it should be,” Stutz said.