Plano North October 2020

2020 Voter Guide

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR

This year’s election will look dierent from those of years past. Here is what voters should know before heading to the polls.

LONGER LINES

NO STRAIGHTPARTYVOTING

This could increase time in the booth from 2MINUTES TO 15MINUTES.

Voters can check projected wait times by location at www.collincountytx.gov.

SANITATIONGUIDELINES Wearing a mask is strongly recommended but not required. Collin County will provide masks for those who forgot theirs.

STYLUSES

Styluses are recommended. Voters can bring one from home.

The Guidance You Need, With the Team You Can Trust.

Common household items that can be used as styluses:

Audi t • Tax • Consul t ing • Forensic, Litigation & Valuation • Risk Advisory • Transaction Advisory • Wealth Management

Machines will be sanitized between each voter.

Pencil erasers

Q-tips

Medical-grade gloves

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SOURCES: CITY OF PLANO, DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Party is also emphasizing to its mem- bers the availability of curbside vot- ing, Katz said. “it’s really important that we let people know they have that option,” he said. The lead-up to the election has also looked dierent this year. Instead of knocking on doors and talking to voters in person, volunteers with the Collin County Democratic Party have turned to making phone calls and texting, Rawlins said. “[In-person campaigning] kind of goes contrary to taking the pan- demic seriously and is not the kind of behavior that they want people to engage in,” Rawlins said. “So, the bottom line is, we’re not doing a lot of [the] face-to-face, ... traditional outreach that we had been doing.” What toexpect Despite the surge in mail-in ballots, Rawlins said he believes that eager- ness to participate in what some vot- ers have called a historic election will likely outweigh concerns around the coronavirus. “My guess is that if this were a nor- mal year, the pandemic would prob- ably depress turnout. But it is not a

normal year,” he said. Collin County Republican Party ocials agreed that the pandemic is unlikely to deter voters. “Collin County really turns out heav- ily,” Katz said. “I’m expecting 400,000 people to vote.” Collin County allows residents to cast ballots at any county polling location during early voting and on Election Day. Voters can check the esti- mated wait time at each location by visiting the county’s website. Sherbet said his sta is encourag- ing voters to check their sample ballot before heading to the polls. Collin County had over 1,000 poll workers signed up as of mid-Sep- tember, and roughly 200 more were expected to sign up by the time early voting began Oct. 13, Sherbet said. “This year, we’ve had a fairly good number—more than I remember—of people volunteering to work in a poll- ing place,” he said. Olivia Lueckemeyer contributed to this report

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