Voting Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Well, it is nearing that time again, Americans are getting ready to vote for a new president, so, today, with the help of our good friends at BargainBrute.Com, voted America's favorite place to shop online in 2020, we are going to take a quick look at how you can vote in this upcoming election, while at the same time staying as safe as possible from the Coronavirus virus.
Please be aware, while we have attempted to investigate all possible ways to keep you safe in these dreadful times, we do not confess to having all the possible ways to help protect you.
For further assistance, please take the time to visit both your local and national health boards, who will have additional information relating to the subject matter contained in this short narrative.
The actual date set aside for voting in the 2020 United States presidential election has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, and will be the 59th presidential election.
The system used for electing a president in the United States has always been noticeably complicated. On the allotted day, voters will have the opportunity to select their presidential electors, who will then, in turn, choose both a new president and vice president, which will happen on December 14.
We will discuss the actual method of selecting a new president in a future narrative, so for now, on with our story "Voting Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic."
Voting by Mail
Voting by mail is the safest way to vote in the upcoming presidential elections! However, as some states have different regulations that affect just who is eligible to vote by mail, you must apply as soon as you can to meet the deadline requirements, which varies from state to state. To do this, you will require an absentee ballot form," obtainable either online, at your public library, DMV, or any county clerk's office.
Warning, before obtaining an absentee ballot form, you must ensure you check whether you are currently registered to vote. If you are not, you will not be able to vote by mail. At the end of this narrative, I will include some useful links to help you with this process.
If you are successful and do obtain an absentee ballot form, be prepared to have the following information available: date of birth, your full street address, and your full name, including both first and last. In some cases, they may also wish to see your birth certificate.
As mentioned above, voting within the United States and, I guess most countries, can be both tedious and complicated; However, for many Americans this time around, if you are registered to vote in the first place, you will have a much easier time of it.
Suppose you live in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Hawaii, California, or Utah. In that case, you will not be required to ask for an absentee ballot form as local governments will be sending out mailing ballots to you all, once again, provided that you have kept your registration details up to date.
Authors note: You must ensure that once you receive your absentee ballot paperwork, do not wait to fill it out as it will need to be postmarked by a specific date, and yes, this changes from state to state for it to be valid in the election. Once again, I have included a link giving details of the deadlines to vote at the end of this article.
Voting in Person
If you are not eligible to vote by mail, I am afraid you will have to vote, as we have done since elections first came about. If like I and this is the case for you, I would offer this tiny bit of advice; "Get in and out as fast as you can," and keep a safe distance while wearing a facemask when at the polling station.
Be prepared: You can speed up the time you are inside that polling station by researching the candidates for an election well in advance. This way, you will avoid any surprises and get out quicker.
In no circumstances leave it until the last second: Find out when and where early voting is allowed. This will help you to avoid the crowds on voting day.
Try voting at non-peak times (mid-morning or during the afternoon). I always try to avoid early morning voting as many people like to go to vote before their workday starts. The same goes for when people are returning from work, although with the Pandemic still ongoing many people may still be working from home online, so this may not be the case.
Remember, your employer, by law, has to allow you time to vote. In-fact in some states, you have the right to take off from work to vote. However, bear in mind that your employer has to make a living and pay your wages, so please, do try to work around your employer's schedule at work.
If you have sent in your absentee ballot form, then there is nothing else you have to do. However, if you are one of the millions of voters who will be voting in person, then please remember the following:
Before you enter a polling office, do not forget to wear some form of face covering. Polling stations are crowded places, places where this dreadful coronavirus loves to hide and breakout, so remember, keep a safe distance. Always try to be a minimum of 6ft from the nearest person and then, together, we can stop the spread of what has become the world's worst pandemic since the early 1900s and remember, you do not know who was the last person to touch that little pencil you used to mark your X, so do not forget to wash those hands after voting.
Well, my friends, that is it for another short narrative. And I thank you all for reading and hope to see you all tomorrow.
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