COVID-19 and the Election
This November we will be voting in the general election for the new President of the United States. In previous elections, voters were able to vote in a variety of ways including in-person paper ballots and by absentee ballot. 2020 has been far from normal due to COVID-19. Because of this, voting procedures for this coming election have been adjusted for everyone’s safety and to allow more access for voters to cast their votes.
There has been a myriad of changes in the voting producers required by each state. Each state has the opportunity to alter its own voting policies and states have not been shy from making changes. According to Ballotpedia, a website dedicated to voter information, all 50 states have made at least one change in their voting practices to adjust for the pandemic. States like Maryland have made nine adjustments such as approving a new early voting period and using centralized polling places as opposed to precinct polling places while states like Kentucky have only made three changes thus far. Extending early voting periods and absentee ballots requests give more time for everyone to participate in this election. Using centralized polling locations allows easier access to the polls so more people can go out and cast their votes as easily as possible and encourages as much participation as possible from the American people.
The right to vote is one of the most important rights we as Americans share and value. It is important that everyone goes out and participates because Democracy can only work when we come together as a nation and use our voice. For more information on finding your polling place visit www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/ or visit www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/ to request an absentee ballot.
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