The 2020 election is quickly approaching, and, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a number of states are giving voters the option of mailing in their ballots or voting absentee. If you’re able to vote without waiting in a line full of people, medical experts strongly recommend doing so. “All politics and controversy aside, from an infectious-disease standpoint, if you mail in your ballot, you are less likely to be exposed to infection,” Chad Sanborn, MD, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at KIDZ Medical Services in Florida, told POPSUGAR. To find the voting guidelines and options for your local election site, visit usa.gov.
The ability to vote by mail or absentee varies from state to state, leaving many voters with no option other than casting their ballots in person. If you fall into this category, here are steps you can take to keep yourself as safe as possible when you arrive at your polling location.