— By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 4, 2020 —
The Georgia secretary of state’s office is distributing federal coronavirus relief money to county election offices for personal protective equipment, sanitizing disinfectant supplies and secure drop boxes.
Each county is eligible for up to $6,000 to reimburse their expenses related to the coronavirus, according to a grant program announced by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The funding comes from nearly $11 million allocated to Georgia from $400 million in election-related coronavirus relief funds that Congress approved last month.
More than 1 million voters have requested absentee ballots, but in-person polling places will remain open for the June 9 primary.
Local election officials can receive $3,000 for equipment including masks, gloves, shields, disinfectant materials and alcohol wipes for election offices and polling places.