Indiana National Guard To Provide PPE For Polling Places Ahead Of Primary Election

May 10, 2020

Members of Indiana's National Guard distribute supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile for hospitals across the state in April. The Guard is now working with the Secretary of State to distribute PPE to polling places.
Credit Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana National Guard is working with the Secretary of State’s office to distribute personal protective gear for polling places for the primary election. 

Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles says the Guard worked with Republicans and Democrats to get an idea of how much PPE is needed at sites.

“And over the course of the next five to 10 days we will be delivering enough PPE for all the workers at those sites to be protected,” Lyles says.

Lyles says the Secretary of State’s office has a plan for social distancing at polling sites. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says that effort is just part of the Secretary of State's work to have safe elections in the global pandemic. 

"By pushing it back a month, we made the right decision," Holcomb says.

Election Day is now June 2, and early in-person voting runs for eight days leading up to the election. The application deadline to vote-by-mail ends May 21.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.