Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that all polling locations in the state will require voters to wear face masks to cast their ballots in the November general election.
“Just want to make sure that the message goes out loud and clear that masks are required at Ohio voting locations,” LaRose said. “They’re required for both our elections officials and they’re required for the voters who come.”
LaRose’s decision comes as the state of Ohio announced a partnership with Ohio-based mask company RB Sigma LLC.
LaRose said RB Sigma LLC will donate 463,500 surgical masks to every county board of elections.
If voters come to the polls without a mask, one will be provided to them so they can vote. If they refuse to wear a mask, they will be asked to vote curbside.
“We are good at manufacturing things here in this state. We make things that supply the world. That resiliency is what sets Ohio apart from everyone else,” LaRose said. “No Ohioan should be afraid to come vote, and the skilled Ohioans at RB Sigma are reassuring every Ohio voter by supplying these masks for voters and poll workers to use for our month of early voting and on election day.”