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Laramie County looking to keep COVID-19 from spreading at polling places

 A Laramie County voter casts her vote in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
A Laramie County voter casts her vote in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Thursday, July 2, 2020. (KGWN)
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 9:32 PM CDT
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Laramie County is taking extra precautions to keep voters safe during this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries. The primary isn’t until Aug. 18 but early voting started Thursday.

Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee said poll workers are taking numerous precautions to avoid potentially spreading COVID-19.

“We’re doing whatever we can to make sure it’s not,” Lee said.

While waiting in line, voters will see social distancing markings reminding them to stay at least 6 feet apart.

Voters are also using straws instead of their fingers to select their candidates on touch screen voting machines, which are spaced far enough apart to allow for social distancing.

All poll workers are wearing face coverings. They’re also sanitizing pens before they are reused.

Voters will also use new machines during the primary election. They were purchased using state funds. Each Wyoming county got new machines from the same vendor but not all machines across the state are identical.

Early voting runs through Aug. 17. Polls are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Laramie County Government Complex.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot by calling the county clerk’s office. Wyoming is a no excuse absentee voting state, which means voters do not need to provide a specific reason for voting by mail.

Voters can also view a sample ballot on the Laramie County Clerk’s website.