Everything You Need to Know to Vote Safely in Person During COVID-19

Caitlin Flynn

The 2020 election has finally arrived, and, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a number of states have given voters the option of mailing in their ballots or voting absentee. If you're able to drop off your ballot at a designated location or postmark it by the deadline established in your state 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.

However, it's important that you make your voice heard in this election, regardless of the laws in your state. So, if your best or only option is to cast your ballot in person at your polling place, here are some steps you can take to keep yourself as safe as possible.

Related: Everything You Need to Know If This Is Your First Time Voting by Mail