Election 2020 USA: is it safe to vote early?
Stay safe voting during a pandemic, with tensions running high: all you need to know to exercise your democratic right this extraordinary year.
It’s a battle between two fundamental human rights; the right to personal safety and the right to vote. So with all the potential concerns, is it safe to vote early this year?
Spoiler alert: the answer is yes and it’s possibly even safer than voting on November 3.
Early voting in-person
Which states allow early voting in person?
In some states you can only vote early and in person if you’re casting an absentee ballot. So if you know already that you can’t physically go to a poll on 3 November, but you can right now 0 that option is for you. Absentee ballot request deadlines are looming, but there's still time to request one if you need. The US Vote Foundation has all the deadines state-by-state.
Another thing to note about voting early in-person is that some states allow you to vote until the day before the election and some stop early voting up to 5 days before the election.
To find out the rules in your state, go to vote.org.
How to make voting early and in person safe
The concerns surrounding voting in person this year are pretty unique, not least because there’s a global health crisis that affects all of us, but also because in particular this year, the emotions surrounding the two candidates are running pretty strong already.
To keep the covid-19 related risks to a minimum, there are several things you can do to help stop the spread of the virus.
Your right to vote is as important as your physical safety.