Happy Tuesday! Today is August 25, 2020. We are now 10 weeks away from Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020. By now, you probably have completed your personal “call to action” plan that you can easily execute this fall. If so, please encourage other people you know to do the same. Otherwise, I encourage you to continue to work on your call to action plan to vote.
In our new normal under COVID-19, last week’s reminder highlighted three at-a-distance voting options that include vote by mail. For those of you that may have concerns about voting by mail, you can also choose to vote in-person and still protect yourself from COVID-19.
That being said, this week’s voting reminder highlights three in-person options that you can use to ensure that your ballot will count:
OPTION #1: IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING
- Depending on the state in which you live, you may need to request an absentee ballot. Check your state for details!
- Involves a visit to your local county (city) elections/registrar’s office to return your completed ballot to an election official
- Useful if you live in a state that does not offer early voting
- If using this option, you’ll likely be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that include face coverings, etc.
OPTION #2: EARLY VOTING CENTER
- Many states provide an opportunity for you to cast your ballot before Election Day (E-Day), at venues that may differ from your designated polling place
- If using this option, be especially mindful of your state’s deadlines concerning early voting
- If you vote at an early voting center, social distancing and wearing PPE gear will likely be required
OPTION #3: ELECTION DAY (E-DAY) POLLING PLACE
- This option involves the traditional method of voting at your designated polling place on E-Day (Tue. Nov. 3, 2020).
- Using this option will likely require adherence to social distancing protocols and wearing PPE gear (face coverings, etc.)
- Suggestions to consider with this option include: vote during off-peak times of the day, take leave from work, make advance arrangements to satisfy personal comfort/child care/family needs, bring snacks/light meals with you to consume, etc.
In closing, be sure that you are registered to vote, and complete the 2020 Census now at https://2020census.gov/en.html to shape your own future! Below is a list of resources that you can use, to ensure that you can vote safely this fall:
Request an Absentee/Mail-in Ballot
Find Your Polling Place
Center for Disease Control: COVID-19 Recommendations for Voters
Do You Need an ID to Vote? – Find Your State’s Requirements
Register to Vote/Confirm Your Registration Status