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Six ways to stay safe while voting in Annapolis

| October 20, 2020, 04:39 PM

As you know, a major election is two weeks away. This year, it is critically important that voters take the necessary precautions to stay safe while voting. Since COVID-19 is still present across the nation, there are unique steps that need to be taken to ensure safety for all. In Annapolis, temperatures are dropping and locals are preparing for the upcoming flu season. Here are six ways that voters can stay safe while exercising their right to vote in Anne Arundel County.

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1: Vote Early

If you have the opportunity to vote early, take it. Polls begin accepting ballots on October 26, 2020. Early voting locations are are open from 7am to. 8pm daily until November 2nd. In Anne Arundel County, generally you do not need to bring ID to vote if you have voted within the county in the past. If you choose to vote early, you can vote until November 2.

2: Mail-in Ballot

As the coronavirus continues to impact the nation, many voters are opting to mail their ballots in. Residents of Anne Arundel County have the opportunity to mail their ballot in before November 3, 2020. All mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 8:00pm on November 3, 2020. The deadline to request a mail in ballot is October 20, 2020.

3: Wear Personal Protective Equipment

For the safety of you and your neighbors, it is important to wear all of the necessary personal protective equipment gear that you have. Since many people will be touching the same products, it is suggested to wear gloves. Gloves and masks are recommended for each individual. Before and after casting your vote, make sure wash your hands and sanitize properly.

4: Sanitize the Voting Station

As mentioned earlier, it is important to sanitize your hands before and after voting. In addition, consider bringing wipes that can be used to sanitize the voting stations if not done by poll workers. Not only will this promote your safety, it will help ensure the safety of others that come through after you.

5: Bring Your Own Gear

If you are nervous about touching the public voting machine, bring your own pen and stylus. Both pens and styluses are affordable to buy and easy to find.

6: Vote at Off-Peak Times

There are a few times throughout the day that precincts experience lighter traffic. To avoid standing in long lines, try casting your ballot during the mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Many individuals try to vote before work, during their lunch hour, or after work. By going in the middle of the work day, you will likely avoid longer lineups.

As with everything in life, it is important to take necessary precautions to ensure safety for all. There are many examples of this that happen on a regular basis. For example, individuals choose to develop a relationship with a lawyer at Duboff Law Group so that they can have assistance after an unexpected car accident occurs. In other situations, people meet regularly with their primary care physician so that they know who to call if they are feeling unwell. Health and wellness is important throughout every aspect of life. This voting season, protect yourself and the individuals across Anne Arundel County by adhering to all safety precautions.

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Category: Local News, NEWS

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