Workers finalize preparations for election day

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Election Officials across the area, including those in Luzerne County, say setting up for Election Day could be a logistical nightmare.

But, intense pre-planning makes it work and should lead to a smooth day at the polls.

Dino Ninotti, Luzerne County’s Deputy Director of Elections, checks out the voting machines inside a polling place located inside the garage of Holy Trinity Orthodox Chirch in Wilkes-Barre.

This is just one of nearly 200 polling places in Luzerne County.

“Oh, it’s a big logistical task. I mean we work on it behind the scenes for many days in advance. Our moving company was out at four in the morning loading up the trucks. Two days to go 186 polling place locations that we have,” said Ninotti.

And because of COVID-19, some of the polling places have been consolidated and that added another layer to the set up operations.

“We are planning out months in advance just to make sure especially now with places we have to consolidate. So we have to go back and look at our old polling place locations to come up with a new plan to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to go,” said Ninotti.

“We are sending out machines we are working with our Judge of Elections. We are going to be ready to go for election Day,” said Dave Pedri, Luzerne County Manager.

Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri says polling places will be set up with COVID-19 safety measures in mind.

“Please come out the polls they will be open until 8 p.m. at night if you are in line at 8 o’clock you will be bale to vote. Please wear a mask, you don’t have to wear a mask in to vote. We are asking you to wear a mask, a mask will be provided to you as well as hand sanitizer, other PPE’s as well,” said Pedri.

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