MJosie Ensor reports that American illusions are spreading to polling stations across the country today, armed with face masks and hand sanitizers.
Some faced temperature checks before being allowed into the stalls, while some stations were providing anti-bacterial wipes. Election officials took care to ensure that voters were lined up outside the polling stations, which limited the amount of time they spent indoors.
“I’m worried about the virus, we’re all doing it,” Glen Goldstein, 61, told The Telegraph outside a polling station, “but I’ve heard about challenges trying to stop mail counting, so I didn’t want to risk that.” In downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
An unprecedented 100 million Americans decided to vote early this year – nearly 70 percent of the total number of votes cast in 2016 – in part due to fears of the coronavirus. While some choose to vote in person early, many decide to mail ballots to avoid contact at the polls.
With more than 90,000 positive tests for the virus every day in the United States, there were concerns that many voters would not be able to vote. The Telegraph spoke to one of those voters in New York, who tested positive for the virus on Friday and was worried that she would not be able to go to the polls. She applied for an emergency ballot the same day Monday, which arrived at her door later that day with an envelope and seal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Tuesday that people in quarantine or infected with the Coronavirus are allowed to vote in person, provided they wear a mask, stay six feet from others and wash their hands. Before and after the vote.