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Email Voting Allowed for Quarantined Dallas Healthcare Workers

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 07:22 PM

Dallas healthcare workers who are being quarantined after caring for Ebola patients will be allowed to cast their votes in next week's midterm elections by email.

Seventy-nine of the 97 health workers and other people who may have been exposed to Ebola have completed their 21-day isolation periods and are Ebola-free. The remaining 18 were given permission Tuesday to use email in the Nov. 4 elections, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition on Monday that asked election officials in the county to bend the rules on voting to allow quarantined people the chance to exercise their right to vote.

Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole, according to the Courthouse News Service, said the Texas secretary of state approved the practice of email voting in the coming election.

"Dallas County will appoint a limited number of individuals to receive the ballots of these voters by email, and these individuals will sign a non-disclosure agreement stating that they understand they will be viewing marked ballots by known voters, and that they are not authorized to disclose or divulge the voter's selection, or any data regarding the individuals allowed to vote by this method to protect their privacy," reads the petition.

"Dallas County and health officials will notify all members of the eligible class of voters of the availability of this procedure."

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