The fear of the virus spreading comes as election day is right around the corner.
The Cameron County Elections Department is expecting a high voter turnout Tuesday, and they’re taking extra precautions.
The elections department already routinely cleans their polling stations.
Cameron County Elections Administrator, Remi Garza said they will be taking a more aggressive approach to keep their stations clean, amid coronavirus concerns around the country and now in Mexico.
Polling places will have hand sanitizers available at each polling location.
Judges will wipe down tables and pens being used by hundreds of voters throughout the day on Tuesday.
“We are advising the judges to take periodic wiped owns, of the pens, that are being used we have a paper-based system so there is really not a whole lot of interactions with equipment of machines during the election process, but we are going to be mindful of these interactions,” said Garza.
Garza stated if voters are feeling under the weather, they do have the option for curbside voting.
All they have to do is park by the polling location, stay in their car and call the number by the polling station. A poll worker will come out with a ballot and assist them.
The Hidalgo County Elections Department says they will be sending poll workers that are sick home on Tuesday.
They have hand sanitizers available at each station and will be cleaning their voting equipment with a cloth and alcohol-based solution throughout the day.