The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shortage of workers for Tuesday’s Election Day

VICTORIA, Texas– During the Primary Election in March, the final results were not available until well after midnight. We spoke to Margetta Hill to see if the Elections Office is prepared for Tuesday’s runoff election.

“Yes we are, we were prepared the last time but we had no clue that was going to happen. We trained and we tested the machines, everything did exactly what it was supposed to do. Now this time we have new laptops and we were also trained and we sent some off to our vendor and they work with them also so we’re having early voting now and we haven’t had any issues so we’re hoping they were having the same on election day,” said Margetta Hill, Victoria County Elections Administrator.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center polling location has provided hand sanitizer and signs to remind voters to social distance. Margetta Hill, says the pandemic has caused a shortage of workers for Tuesday’s election.

“Some of them have underlying issues of illnesses and they’re choosing not to work, which is perfectly fine, we understand. So therefore we are looking for older workers that have worked, to see if they can work this time if they didn’t work the last election,” said Hill.

So far turnout is low but Governor Abbott doubled the length of the early voting period due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“This is the primary runoff election. The primary was in March in those candidates that are close in the race, they’re having a runoff election for this election which is July 14. Now it is important that everyone comes out because in our local races it could be a big difference” said Hill.

Early voting ends Friday, July 10th at 7 p.m., but your last opportunity to cast your ballot is Election Day July 14th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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