Volunteers helping sanitize polling locations in Sikeston

Keeping voters safe from COVID-19

SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - It’s election day in Missouri and one Heartland city aims to keep voters safe.

In Sikeston, polling locations used high school volunteers to sanitize the area.

Sophomore Zoie McDonald said it was important to volunteer.

“We’re wiping things down to make sure that we keep the spread of the virus as minimal as possible so that people feel safe to come and vote.”

At the Ward 1 Sikeston polling location, the public is asked to practice social distancing while completing their voting ballot. Although poll workers aren’t enforcing the use of face coverings, McDonald said it feels good to know she’s doing her part to make things safer.

“At all the voting polls we have one or two people doing the same thing that we are,” she said. “Sanitizing the tables to keep everything clean.”

Senior Madeline Sherrod said she’s learned a lot while volunteering.

“I think it’s cool,” she said. “Just to see how different people vote different ways.”

She said she decided to volunteer as a school requirement.

“We’re getting community service hours but even if we weren’t, I probably would still do it.”

Polling locations are open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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