Although the coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape for voting in the 2020 election, voters have a wide range of options to cast their ballots this year.
Whether you are more comfortable voting in person, by mail, before Nov. 3 or on Election Day proper, there are many ways you can make sure your voice is heard.
See your options below.
Voting in person
Voting in person will still be an option this year in many states. But even in locations where you can still cast a ballot in-person, there may be some significant changes to be aware of before Nov. 3.
Expect to adhere to social distancing guidelines if you do choose to vote in person this year. While you’re in line, this means wearing a face mask, and maintaining a distance of at least six feet from people next to you in line, both standard COVID measures that the CDC has promoted throughout the pandemic.
While record numbers of Americans are voting early or by mail, there may still be wait times in line, so be sure to get to the polls sooner rather than later.
Be sure to check your local elections agency website to confirm where your precinct polling location is. Even if this voting location has remained consistent, some areas may change due to the pandemic this year.
While your precinct should have a list of registered voters, you may bring a government-issued photo ID depending on your location.
Many states are allowing voters to cast ballots before Election Day this year.
Similar to if you’re voting on Election Day, voting early means you should check where you are supposed to vote.
Those voting early may also need to bring a specific form of identification, depending on the rules of their locality.
Once you are settled in line, the process of voting early is similar to voting in person on Election Day.
Voting by mail
Record numbers of Americans are voting by mail in this election.
States have different rules for voting by mail. In most locations, you should be able to apply for a mail ballot online. Many states are also allowing voters to track the status of their ballot request online.
While over 30 states are offering no-excuse absentee voting this year, voters in some locations will need to provide a reason for bypassing in-person voting and sending their ballot through the mail.
In some locations, registered voters will automatically receive their ballot in the mail.
Make sure you properly read the instructions on your ballot, and fill it out correctly.
Of particular importance this year is knowing your state’s mail ballot deadline. As a general rule, it is wise to send your ballot in sooner rather than later. Some states will count ballots that are received by Nov. 3, while some others will count those that have been postmarked by that date.
Where can I learn more about my voting options this year?
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