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Mobile Voting Providing Quick and Safe Voting Options in Hopkins County

Hopkins County providing numerous voting options to keep voting lines short.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 5:02 PM

Some counties in our tri-state are reporting more than hour long lines for voters trying to exercise their civic duties.

But that isn't the case in Hopkins County.

Thanks to more than 18 scheduled mobile voting sites and drive-thru voting sites, poll workers say no voter in Hopkins County has had to wait more than five minutes to cast a vote.

"People are loving it for all things," said Mike Bone, Hopkins County mobile voting election precinct sheriff. "The speed, the convenience, the safety, just the overall easiness of it. Most of the times, if you go in on election day, you're going to have a small line or a long line, depending on which presinct you go to and the time of the day, but with these things, we keep it moving right along."

And Hopkins County voters spoke with me about their first time experience with mobile voting

"It was easy," said Colby Carter. "I was afraid i would get down here and it'd be lined up out the door."

"It was a very good experience, and it was safe," said Gerri Hosman. "That's our priority here in hopkins county is to keep all the residents safe. Keep our distance from the covid and things that's going on, and it's so convenient, because they're setting up at different places, so you can go to wherever it might be convenient for you."

Poll workers say they've had more than 3000 voters come through their first six mobile voting sites.

And with high numbers coming through, poll workers are masked up, sanitizing, and ensuring that every voter keeps six feet of distance between themselves and the nearest person.

And this is the first time Hopkins County has ever implemented mobile voitng, but due to the immense success Hopkins County has had, they're hoping this becomes a regular thing.

"We're hoping we can keep this format going for future years, because for our elderly, and our handicapped, the mobile voting is excellent," said Bone.

Today,  the mobile voting site was set up in Nebo, but for the next two days, the voting site will be set up in Hanson.

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