EMMAUS, Pa. - We're exactly one week away from a first-of-its-kind primary election in Pennsylvania.
The state is pushing mail-in ballots, but polls will be open. Will poll workers' sense of civic duty land them in the crosshairs of the coronavirus?
"It's important the elderly get a break from this. Those are the CDC guidelines, the elderly are more vulnerable. So it's important for younger people to come out," said 35-year-old Rob Rozak, who volunteered to be a primary election judge at an Emmaus polling location.
Many are concerned for their health. Lehigh County says it's having trouble getting volunteers, as poll workers are put on the front lines working 14 hours surrounded by people during the pandemic.
"This country is so fragmented," said Emma Beltran, a Lehigh County election judge. "I think it's important we not only work there but we vote."
Sisters Emma and Daisy Beltran volunteered to work the polls in Allentown. This will be Daisy's first time.
"Are you concerned for your health?" I asked her.
"Yes. But I have a lot of faith," Daisy said.
Emma says safety instructions have been given by the county, and any health risks won't derail her chance to be part of the American process.
"Just to get a feel of what other people are thinking, what they want to do, and what they want to get out of this," Emma said.
Despite a huge influx of mail-in ballots the polls could still be very crowded. The county says they have consolidated some locations into the same spot.
Rozak says unless you have a medical condition, those who show up are required to wear masks. He's hopeful voters understand the safety requirement.
"We will have professionals on hand to deal with the situation," Rozak said.