As the Citrus County Elections office looks toward the Aug. 18 Primary Election and Nov. 3 General Presidential election during this COVID-19 pandemic, they are assuring voters that they plan to conduct the elections as in the past. This means there will be 31 polling places and four early vote sites open.

The elections office has dedicated poll workers who have committed to working the elections. They are dedicated to the process and want to ensure voters have an opportunity to vote in every election. Many have worked for Citrus County elections for many, many years.

It is required by law that poll workers be trained prior for each election. In this time of COVID-19, the elections office will practice CDC guidelines for training. The workers will be 6 feet apart at the training and the areas will be disinfected after each class. The social distancing means there will be twice as many classes.The election office will work hard to keep office staff safe.

The theme for surviving the pandemic is “We Will Come through This Together.” The elections office will be practicing CDC guidelines at the polling places and early vote sites. Social distancing will be practiced at the voting sites as feasibly as possible. This could result in some delays in entering the polling place. Hand sanitizer will be available and frequent disinfecting of areas will occur. There will be additional protocols for voter checking and communicating with each other.

If circumstances change, the voting public will be informed. The elections office asks for voters' patience at the polling places with the understanding that the goal is to provide a safe environment for voting.

For additional information, call the elections office at 352-564-7120 or email vote@votecitrus.com. To request a vote-by-mail ballot, register to vote or change your party affiliation, go online to www.votecitrus.com .