PENOBSCOT COUNTY- If you went to the polls on Tuesday, voting probably felt different than in the past.
People were out exercising their right to vote, but lines look different with COVID-19 guidelines.
“I think we should be coming here to the polls. I don’t think we should not be,” said Tom Constantine, a Bangor resident. “There’s people in other countries that have people shooting at them to go to the polls.”
Local officials have been working to protect those from COVID-19.
At many voting locations people were asked to wear masks.
The state also provided cities and towns with Plexiglas barriers for poll workers.
“We have hand sanitizer. We are wiping down all our polling booths as people enter and exit,” said Shelly Crosby, the Orono town clerk. “We have markers on the floor to separate the six foot barrier.”
It’s a similar situation in Bangor, where only 20 people are being allowed inside of the Cross Insurance Center at a time.
Things there, including pens, were being sanitized regularly.
“We’ve asked the voters if they would wear a mask. We don’t make it mandatory but most of them are complying and wearing masks just for the protection of everyone,” said Lisa Goodwin, the Bangor city clerk.
As a result of COVID-19, many people have chosen to fill out absentee ballots.
The Veazie town clerk, Julie Strout, says they’ve had nearly double their regular amount.
“There’s been like 270, which is high for us, but my election clerk got through this morning, so that’s all done,” Strout said. “I think it took a brunt of the busyness.”
Polls in all three of these locations are open until 8 pm.