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Voting By Mail | Coronavirus Workplace Design

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Peggy Lowe
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KCUR 89.3
Mayn Kansas City employers, including Burns & McDonnell shown here, are rethinking the physical work space because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:18: What we know about voting by mail

Voting by mail in the U.S. first came about during the Civil War, but it has grown in popularity this year because of COVID-19. But the political controversy surrounding the practice makes it a lot easier to do in some states than others.

Segment 2, beginning at 38:22: Social distancing in the workplace

As social-distancing becomes the new norm, owners and operators of restaurants, retail and office buildings are rethinking their physical work spaces. From spread-out tables to plexiglass dividers, how long-lasting will some of the changes be?

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