“Early Voting” Underway “Masks” Are Required!

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It’s the first day of early voting for the August primary in Palm Beach County and voters will notice several changes at polling places.

Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link said masks are required at polling places for both workers and voters — and if someone fails to bring a face covering, one will be provided.

Palm Beach County has 18 early voting sites this year, which is more than usual.

Supervisor Link said there will be 14 days of early voting, instead of the normal nine days for an August primary.

“It’s to try and spread out the voters, so we don’t have much of a line,” she said.

Voters will be spaced out six feet and hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and single use pens will be available at voting locations.

“Because of the virus, and because we are in hurricane season, I would rather make sure that I do [early voting],” said Camile Bunche, who cast her ballot early Monday. “I have never voted this way before.”

Link said mail-in voting continues to be a popular option this year.

With 14 days to go until the primary election, her office has already received 90,000 mail in ballots, which is already 1,000 more than the March primary.

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is August 8, and if voters do not want to send their completed ballot back through the mail, they can drop it off at a secure ballot box inside or outside the Supervisor of Elections office in West Palm Beach.

Early voting goes until Sunday, August 16.

The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections has information about your polling location, hours, and what to bring to the polls on its website.

Early voting also started Monday in Okeechobee County.

It begins on August 6 in St. Lucie County and on August 8 in Martin and Indian River Counties.