Polling stations nationwide have conducted limited voting for those who test positive for COVID-19, a sign of an election held amid a pandemic.
CDC recommendations for election staff to wear head-to-toe medical, not just masks and gloves, and collect ballots through driving services or alternative locations for sick voters.
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In places like St. Louis, the scene of the ballot papers collected by the right electoral volunteers has drawn everyone online.
“Ensuring that sick voters can vote while maintaining the safety of polling and voters will be essential to reduce transmission without limiting the right to vote,” said The recent Monthly Mortality and Disease Report shows safe voting by CDC and Delaware public health scientists. The report showed that most electoral volunteers understood instructions to prevent infection and that the majority of voters in Delaware had worn masks to polling stations.
St. District Louis, Missouri, was notified only on Monday. In states like Iowa, Minnesota and Tennessee, election officials are also touting the same curbside service to voters.
On the last day of the early voting in Hardin County, Iowa, more than 30 voters using curbside voting were identified as positive for COVID-19, according to Jessica Lara, the county auditor. “I was surprised”, Lara said and added that she hopes more people will use the service today.
It’s not clear how many COVID-19-positive Americans will try to vote today. Last week, the US approached 100,000 new cases each day, amid an increase in the number of infections nationwide. More than 9.2 million people in the US have been infected with coronavirus and more than 230,000 people have died.
People recently diagnosed with COVID-19 in quarantine face major challenges in several states, the Washington Post recently noted. The time for absentee voting has ended in many states. Some like Texas require a doctor’s signature for an urgent absentee ballot. Most states allow people to designate a caregiver to obtain emergency absentee ballots from electoral boards.
Curbside ballot lawsuits hit the news in Harris County, Texas, Houston’s home town, last week. A judge dismissed the complaint of Republican officials challenging the number of votes this way on Monday.
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November 3, 2020, at 17:47 pm
Adjusted: More than 230,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. The death toll was incorrectly stated in the previous version of this story.