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WSHU's guide of where, when and how to vote in Connecticut during the 2020 election.

Connecticut Law Can't Force Voters To Wear Masks

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Connecticut’s Secretary of the State is expected to announce guidance for voting in the pandemic this week, according to Hearst Connecticut Media.

The state cannot mandate that people wear masks as a condition of being able to vote at the polls because that could be considered a form of voter suppression.

Instead, poll workers would be expected to offer voters a free disposable mask. If the voter refuses, the poll worker would offer to escort them outside to the curb to cast their ballot. If they calmly refuse to vote curbside, the voter would need to be ushered through the line as quickly as possible.

State election law says anyone who is disruptive at a polling place can be arrested.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.