Kansas counties make their own rules on poll worker masks

October 17, 2020 - 10:15 am
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Kansas counties are making their own rules about whether to require poll workers to wear masks as the public votes. 

Secretary of State Scott Schwab has not issued a mandate requiring masks for poll workers statewide, even though the state spent $1.28 million to buy personal protective equipment for every polling location. Schwab's spokeswoman says every county election office works with its local health department to determine COVID-19 protocols. That's created a patchwork of masking practices around the state. 

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While the state's more urban counties generally require poll workers to mask up, rural counties often don't.

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