Elections Chief Urges But Won’t Require Masks For Ohio Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend but do not mandate mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. [Austin Janning | WOUB]
Secretary of State Frank LaRose said those voters who choose not to wear a mask will be given options, including voting outside or using the curbside option.

He urged those voting by mail to request a ballot no later than Oct. 27, a week ahead of Election Day.

He also said poll workers are desperately needed.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5. Early voting begins Oct. 6.