Lee county emphasizing voting options due to coronavirus fears

Posted at 6:14 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 11:07:12-05

LEE COUNTY, FLA — As Lee county prepares for the presidential primary, the Supervisor of Elections, Tommy Doyle, says expectations are high.

"There is gonna be a big turnout, I don't think it's going to be as big as November this year but it's going to be 50 percent to 60 percent turnout," said Doyle.


But with early voting kicking off on March 7, Doyle adds that there's been some concern about the spread of germs, mostly due to coronavirus.

Doyle tells Fox 4 that his office is working hard to calm those fears.

"We are having clorox wipes at the polling places, hand sanitizers at every polling location. Those who use a stylus to sign in we're gonna have extras so we can keep those clean and rotate them," said Doyle.

If you still can't shake those concerns, Doyle says there is a pretty popular alternative you can use: mail-in ballots.

"I think we've had about 120,000 ballots requested and we've already gotten in 63,000," said Doyle.

But if you want to qualify for this option you have to act quickly.

"Tomorrow [March 7th] is the last day to request your vote by mail. Five o'clock, March 7th, you should request it today. You can go online and you can request it right online," said Doyle.

Despite concerns, Doyle tells me he doesn't think voter turnout will be too heavily impact.

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