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Gov. Ducey's Executive Order Pledges State Resources For Elections

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order on Wednesday that his office said will make additional state resources available for upcoming elections.

The  Executive Order states citizens should have access to sufficient voting sites and the ability to vote safely.

Citing a need from county officials to provide voting locations with adequate physical distancing, the order instructs the Department of Administration to identify state-owned facilities to be utilized as voting locations and to assist counties in providing personal protective equipment.

The order also expands Civic Duty Leave for state employees to include those who work at polling places during the primary and general elections.

The order warns that without action from the state there could be long lines at voting locations and concerns over safety.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.