Friday, 12 June 2020 13:09

Kansas Secretary of State Inspects Voting Shields at Binswanger Glass

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, left, with Binswanger branch manager Jason Tomlinson, right. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, left, with Binswanger branch manager Jason Tomlinson, right.

Binswanger Glass is fabricating moe than 2,000 polycarbonate shields for polling locations to use in the 2020 primary and general elections in Kansas.

In response, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab visited Binswanger Glass’ Topeka, KS, location June 9 to meet with company representatives, tour the facility and answer press questions.


“Kansas received $4.6 million in federal funding to help states prepare for, prevent and respond to the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020 federal election cycle,” said Schwab. “Approximately $1 million of that funding is being used to procure PPE equipment, like polycarbonate shields, to protect Kansas voters, volunteers and workers in the 2020 elections.”


Schwab met with Jason Tomlinson, Binswanger branch manager, and Travis Greenwald, regional director of operations, to review the ongoing efforts to produce and deliver the polycarbonate shields to each of Kansas’ 105 counties.


“No one in Kansas should be afraid to vote,” said Tomlinson. “We’re helping provide an added layer of protection to voters and the community. The barriers are not intrusive, and they provide a safer way for the public to vote.”


The ¼-in.-thick barriers are 24 in. wide and 42 in. high, with two ½-in.-thick legs held on by 2-in. screws. The kit can be assembled in a few minutes with a screwdriver.


“The shields protect voters and officials from coming in direct face-to-face contact,” said Greenwald. “The right to vote is the foundation of democracy. Our team couldn’t be prouder to protect the public and help them exercise their civic duty and freedom to vote.”


“A lot of people in our communities really enjoy going to the polling place,” added Schwab. “We don’t want to take that from them, but at the same time, we don’t want them to feel endangered.”


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