Happy election day! As many of us head to the polls, in person voting will look a lot different this year because of COVID-19.
Will you be performing your civic duty today? Before you do, be sure to read through these COVID-19 voting tips. They will help keep you and other individuals at your voting location stay safe.
Before leaving your house
- If possible, review and practice a sample ballot at home to help you speed up your process when you’re at the poll.
- Bring any necessary documentation or IDs with you as well as your own black ink pen to use.
- Verify you are registered to vote and that you have the correct voting location information.
- Plan ahead on your timing, avoid going to your poll when it is typically crowded.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before leaving your house.
- Consider your mode of transportation ahead of time and avoid public transit if possible.
When at your voting location
- Always maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
- Use hand sanitizer throughout your visit to your polling location.
- Wear a face mask at all times. You can also wear some sort of eye protection if you’d like.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets. You can do this by coughing or sneezing with your mask on, into a tissue or into your elbow. Remember that a mask or other face covering is less effective when moist, so it’s a good idea to carry backup masks with you.
- Pay attention to and follow all posted instructional signs. There should be election-specific infection control guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in place.
- Don’t disinfect or wipe down the voting equipment yourself. Electronic voting equipment can be damaged by certain cleaners and disinfectants.
- Don’t touch your face or face mask with dirty hands.
- Consider using a stylus or similar object on touchscreen voting machines. However, be sure to check with a poll worker before doing so.
- When you get home, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right away.
And finally if you have COVID-19, are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been around someone who has been diagnosed with this virus, stay home. This is some important in helping to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
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