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Today is the day that will decide the fate of the United States of America for the next four years, and the government wants to ensure each citizen gets their right to vote. It is with this notion that the CDC has granted COVID positive patients the fair opportunity to go cast their votes in-person, provided they intimate the polling officers of their condition. 

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has given infected and quarantined coronavirus-sick patients the chance to go in for in-person voting on election day. According to their updated policy on November 1, “Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether they are sick or in quarantine.”

Source: CDC

Cautioning against the spread of the virus when making public contact during the vote, CDC enlisted a list of steps that the infected persons must follow, in case they go out to vote. To protect others on the premise, the CDC has urged patients to wear a mask, maintain proper social distance, and practice hand hygiene both- before and after voting. Infected individuals should also let poll workers know they are ill or under quarantine upon arrival.

Apart from these elementary guidelines, the CDC has also beseech infected individuals not to spend too much time at the polling sites. “The more prepared you are, the less time you may have to spend at the voting site,” the CDC wrote on its webpage. The agency has advised these voters to be ready and equipped with a filled registration form as well as a filled-in sample ballot, to avoid spending more time at the location, increasing the risk of longer exposure to the virus for others.

Source: CDC

The CDC also proposed further guidelines on their webpage including-carrying an extra mask, heading to the polls during quieter hours, traveling to the polls in the safest way possible, avoiding shared transportation, and wearing a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while maintaining hygiene.

This being said, all polling locations must ensure safety in handling symptomatic and infected persons, ensuring they do not in any way maximize the risk of spreading infections. 

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