COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the November election draws closer, Walmart has partnered with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to help keep voters and poll workers safe across the Buckeye State.
After more than 850,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) were donated/purchased by Gov. Mike DeWine's administration to be given to the boards of election across Ohio, Walmart helped to coordinate the handing out of the PPE from its Washington Courthouse Distribution Center.
According to a release from LaRose's office, 800,000 masks, 27,000 gowns, and 29,000 face shields were sorted out and distributed.
“Businesses across Ohio have stepped up to make sure voters and election officials have the PPE they need to be ready this election day – and this is no exception. I appreciate Walmart’s work to help ensure voting will be safe in Ohio!” said LaRose.
Other companies have donated masks and hand sanitizer this past month, with Ohio Department of Health distributing the sanitizer to the county boards.
“We build a better community when we all participate in our federal, state and local elections. Walmart encourages associates and customers to participate in the election process by helping to provide the tools and information they need to vote,” said Adam Becker, General Manager of the Walmart Distribution Facility in Washington C.H. “We are honored to help protect the health and safety of poll workers and voters throughout the state.”
LaRose has also issued the Ohio Voting Safety Plan to the state's 88 county boards of elections, setting forth safety requirements for early and Election Day voting, as well as recommendations for voters, to run a safe and healthy election this fall.