Voters still turning out to cast their ballots in person on Sussex County’s primary election day

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Despite being encouraged to vote by mail this year – there are still a good amount of people casting their ballots in person. In Georgetown, polling sites were open Tuesday. “I was hoping they would more vote absentee because we’re giving them an opportunity to stay apart from the polling site with the six foot distancing and the masks and the chance of catching COVID-19,” said director of the Sussex County Department of Elections Ken McDowell.

Election officials tell 47ABC that when people go inside the building, they can expect to be asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Staff are wearing masks and wiping down voting machines between voters. “All of our workers have masks, plus shields if they choose to use them to keep people from sneezing on them. Then you have alcohol and you have soap and you have hand cleaners,” said McDowell.

One polling site was affected by Monday night’s severe weather. “The Lincoln School early childhood center was struck by lightning last night. They had no electricity until about 10 o’clock this morning. We kept the poll workers on site before they were up and going. The DPW fixed a transformer on a pole,” said McDowell.

Polling sites in Sussex County close at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Voters dropping off absentee ballots at the Department of Elections can also do so until 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Delaware’s state primary election is scheduled to be held on September 15th. If you’d like to see unofficial early vote counts, you can visit the state’s elections website.

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