With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of slowing down in many states, many people are taking advantage of expanded opportunities to cast their ballots by mail.
However, whether due to concerns about the U.S. Postal Service or a desire to be counted immediately on election night, the majority They plan to vote in person.
But COVID-19 does not take days off. As the authorities take measures to encourage social distancing at polling places, people with the virus will likely show up to vote. And there doesn’t seem to be much anyone can do about it.
You have the right to vote
Of course, most people don’t want to show up at the polls if they have COVID-19 or any other infectious disease. But depending on where you live, you may have already missed it The deadline specified in your state for the absentee ballot request. In this case, your options for casting your vote will likely be limited to attend and vote in person.
And remember: if you are registered to vote, You have the right to access your local polling place. If your state allows same-day registration, you have the right to access your polling place.
You could have COVID-19, the flu, or a common cold. You still have access to your polling place. (Of course, elected officials take a lot of measures that affect people’s ability to do so Easily Getting to the polling place, but that’s not the same problem.)
All guidelines are suggestions
Every state in the country, along with The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged all kinds of mitigation measures To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at polling stations.
One of the biggest is the one that you hear everyone say these days: Stay home if you are sick but again, that’s just a suggestion.
What if you deliberately waited to vote in person on Election Day while you were sick? Do you wear multiple masks and go vote anyway?
This is a decision that no one can take. But Voting on the sidewalk is also an option in many states. If it’s available to you, hopefully it’s an option that you’ll take advantage of.