Survey shows Delaware polling places properly following safety protocols

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Although millions of ballots have already been cast ahead of the presidential election, many still plan to vote in person. In Delaware, newly released survey results should make voters feel safe going to their polling place.

Delaware health officials just released a survey which was given to poll workers throughout the state after the primaries.

Delaware Division of Public Health director Dr. Karyl Rattay said most of those workers responded, and they found that 99% observed face masks by poll workers, and 98% of poll workers had masks on.

“They also said that masks were available in the sites for people who didn’t come with a mask. So this is all good news for us,” Rattay said.

Spacing was also right where it needed to be, according to the survey results, with 88% saying voting booths were spaced at least 6 feet apart.

“And 80% of the time there was one directional voter flow. And also there were visual cues to remind voters to stay at least 6 feet apart,” she added.

The survey also shows that hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies were readily available.

“I think the Delaware results are very promising for Delaware polls being a safe place to go, but also good opportunities to improve upon a couple of things,” added Rattay.

One of those improvement areas include how poll workers respond when someone walks in showing COVID-19 symptoms.

“How to safely handle the situation so individuals can vote without spreading illness to other people,” she elaborated.

She wouldn’t mind more barriers and plexiglass being added to registration tables that are close to each other.

But she called the overall results “very promising.”

As for voter intimidation, Gov. John Carney said he's aware of concerns.

but he said he’s had meetings with law enforcement about this and doesn’t want residents to worry about it.

“My own experiences, there are enough independent and party affiliated poll workers that are always at the polling places, providing a level of comfort. They’re mostly locally known people, whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, they stand out in front of the polls,” Carney said.

He said he has teams looking at the cyber threat side of it too.