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Some Chico voters worry about safety at voting assistance centers

Tomorrow, some people in Chico could be heading to cast their ballot at local voting assistance centers, but people have mixed feelings about their safety.

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 7:18 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Tomorrow, some people in Chico could be heading to cast their ballot at local voting assistance centers, but people have mixed feelings about their safety. 

“I’m feeling safe,” said Chico resident, Richard Hardin. 

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“I am worried for just the safety of myself,” said Chico resident, Tyler Jenkins.

Two different views when it comes to voter safety. Poll workers are hard at work preparing for a busy day tomorrow.

Poll worker John Linhart said they are also prepared for anyone who shows up causing a disturbance. 

“If someone gets out of hand towards one of the workers, we call the Oroville office first but if we need to we can call in local law enforcement to make sure that everything is done safely and securely," shared Linhart. 

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The assistance center is taking COVID-19 safety precautions such as providing people with free masks and hand sanitizer.

“We wipe down the tables that people use and we wipe down the machines after they are used,” said Linhart. 

Action News Now reached out to Chico Police Department. In a statement, the department said, "An extra team will be out Tuesday night to ensure there is adequate staffing to deal with any issues at the voting locations around the city. We are prepared for any election-related issues.”

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said they have not received any information indicating that people want to disrupt the voting process tomorrow.

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