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Iowa Secretary of State to provide PPE, $2 million to protect voters and poll workers

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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is helping counties get ready for the November 3 general election amid the pandemic.

Ahead of Election Day, Secretary Pate is distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to Iowa counties, including face shields, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and social distancing markers.

“Making sure Iowans can safely cast their ballot is vital. It is your choice whether you want to vote absentee or at the polls,” Secretary Pate said. “Polls will be open on November 3. We are providing the materials necessary to protect voters and poll workers and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

More than $2 million from the CARES Act will also be made available to counties. The funds include a base amount of $5,000, along with an additional $850 for each precinct.

Counties can use the money to purchase additional PPE, polling place supplies, training materials for poll workers and disinfectant services.

All active registered voters will get their absentee ballot request form in the mail near the end of August.

For more information about voting in Iowa, visit VoterReady.Iowa.gov

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