Election day is here and many of us will be heading out into our communities to perform our civic duty. However, this year, voting in person will look at lot different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are you heading out to the polls today? If so, be sure to first review the following COVID-19 voting tips to stay as safe as possible.
Before heading out
- Verify you are registered to vote and that you have the correct voting location information.
- If possible, review and practice using 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.
- Consider your mode of transportation ahead of time and avoid public transit if possible.
- 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.
While at the poll
- Wear a face mask at all times. You can also wear some sort of eye protection if you’d like.
- Always maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
- Use hand sanitizer throughout your visit to your polling location.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t touch your face or face mask with dirty hands.
- Don’t disinfect or wipe down the voting equipment yourself. Electronic voting equipment can be damaged by certain cleaners and disinfectants.
- 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 last but not least, if you have COVID-19, have been around someone who has been diagnosed or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home. This is critical in helping to prevent further spread of the virus in our communities.
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