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Posted on: October 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City takes more COVID-19 precautions ahead of election

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Additional city team members will help Battle Creek voters with election business in the coming days, as a Clerk’s Office team member has tested positive for COVID-19. 

City administrators received this news today, and worked through the afternoon with the Michigan Board of Elections, Calhoun County Public Health Department, and city staff to make sure voters can register to vote, apply for and vote an absentee ballot, and/or vote in person on Nov. 3. 

All agencies agreed that, four days before the election, the Clerk’s Office staff is essential. Therefore, they will continue to work in their City Hall office, separated by a variety of curtains and Plexiglas, and with three health screenings required throughout their day.  

Visitors will not enter the Clerk’s Office. Additional, trained, staff will meet visitors in the lobby outside that office (Room 111), help collect any documents and forms needed, and transport those between the voter and the Clerk’s Office staff.  

All city staff are required to wear masks while at work. All visitors will continue to complete a health screening as they enter City Hall, and we ask all visitors to wear masks. 

As a reminder, the Clerk’s Office is open the following times now through Nov. 4: 

  • Saturday, Oct. 31 – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Monday, Nov. 2 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (9-10 a.m. seniors 60+ only) 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day) – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (9-10 a.m. seniors 60+ only) 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Closed 

We appreciate everyone’s patience, as our election business call and visitor volumes are high, and you may experience delays. We expect this will continue through Election Day. If you already have your absentee ballot, please take advantage of placing it in our drop box, right outside the entrance to City Hall. Be sure to sign the envelope. 

The city’s 21 polling locations have sufficient numbers of workers ready for Election Day, and they are preparing as usual to welcome voters on Tuesday. Please remember that Battle Creek Transit will offer fare-free bus and van rides all day on Tuesday. 

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