COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a noisy Anheuser-Busch factory in Columbus, they’re brewing something other than beer.
Around 3,000 gallons of hand sanitizer is being bottled and shipped out to polling locations across Ohio.
For Anheusuer-Busch manager Joshua Zabek, many sanitized hands make light work.
“Seventeen-thousand employees throughout the company, and a big supply chain," said Zabek. "Thats able to get people the things they need through the communities”
It’s one of several partnerships between private companies and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to ensure our state’s election is a safe and secure one, for both poll workers and voters alike.
From entrance to exit, they’re trying to cover all their bases.
"Something as simple as a $2 door stop can make a huge difference, so people aren’t touching the door all day," said Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
But some people still aren’t thrilled with the idea of voting in person. Larose says they’ve got that covered as well—"1.8 million Ohioans have already requested an absentee ballot."
For those waiting on their absentee ballots, LaRose says they’ll be on their way shortly.
“No absentee ballots go out to the general population in Ohio here until Oct. 6,” said LaRose.
Early in-person voting begins Oct. 5, while absentee ballots can be mailed in or dropped off up until election day on Nov. 3.