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7 Quick Tips for Voting Safely in the 2020 Election

by Dr. Allon Mordel, MD

Medical Director, K Health

With election day coming up, we know voting safely is top of mind. We care deeply about making quality healthcare accessible, with or without insurance, regardless of your income, gender, race, or zip code so helping our community access safe voting is important to us. While there are a lot of changes that are up to polling station workers to help ensure as safe a voting experience as possible, there are still things voters can do to improve their voting safety. Here are a few tips on staying safe while you cast your ballot this year amidst a global pandemic.

  1. Assess your risk and choose the best voting method for you: Voting by mail is the best way to reduce your risk of contracting COVID 19 and is a great option for anyone uncomfortable heading to the polls. Deadlines to get mail in ballots vary by state so be sure to request in advance. Learn more about deadlines and requesting an absentee ballot, and take our COVID risk assessment to learn more about your risk.

  2. Wear your mask: Mounting research shows that wearing a face mask is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19. While wearing your mask be sure it covers both your nose and mouth.

  3. Stay 6 feet apart: Social distancing can help reduce your risk of getting coronavirus. If you are worried about waiting in line outside or without a place to rest, bring a portable chair to help you stay comfortable in line while social distancing.

  4. Vote during non-peak hours: Avoiding lines can reduce the number of people you may come in contact with. You can learn more about your polling station’s hours and any early voting options that are available here.

  5. Come prepared to reduce your time inside the polling place: Do your research beforehand on candidates to speed up your voting time. BallotReady.org is a great resource to get informed on your local ballot before voting.

  6. Bring your own black pen: If your polling place allows, vote using your own black pen to avoid unnecessary contact with those provided by the polling place.

  7. Sanitize before and after voting: Sanitizing or washing your hands both before and after voting helps reduce the spread of germs into your polling place and helps to keep them from coming back home with you.

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