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Voters cannot be refused a ballot for not wearing a face-covering at the polls on Election Day

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 10:39:35-05

WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin Election Commission is recommending that everyone wear a mask to the polls, but they are not requiring it.

On Oct. 30, the commission released a list of things voters should know before heading to the polls on Tuesday. The first thing on the list addressed face masks and stated that while they're recommended, they are not required for voters.

When it comes down to it, voters can not be refused a ballot for not wearing a mask. However, the commission is still asking the people to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

“We are asking everyone at the polls to observe social distancing inside and outside of polling places, and not to create disturbances about wearing or not wearing face coverings,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief elections official.

While voters are not required to wear masks, poll workers are. According to a press release from the election commission, "the Executive Order issued by the Governor on July 30, 2020 that requires face coverings in certain situations does apply to poll workers and election observers but does not apply to voters."

You can find more information on masks, COVID-19 precautions at polling places, and other things you should know before voting below.

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