People with COVID-19 can still vote in person

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 12:55:02-05

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people with COVID-19 can still vote in person. The agency said anyone isolating with the virus or in quarantine because they may have been exposed to it can still exercise their right to vote safely.

Once they arrive at a polling location officials say you need to tell them about your situation.

"So it might be a voting machine and kind of, you know, another room over there. And if your COVID positive and want to vote in person. And that's the place you would go to make everybody feel safe," said Sylvia Albert, director of voting and elections for Common Cause.

"We've seen a lot, but not all states, trying to come up with alternatives and the separate polling site location. It's not something we're seeing a ton of places do it," added Kat Calvin, founder of Spread the Vote.

Poll workers assisting voters with symptoms should be wearing personal protective equipment.

The CDC also recommends alternative voting options for those who are sick including a designated polling site or curbside voting.