Sick, quarantined voters can go to polls on Election Day, CDC says

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Voters wait to cast their ballots at Lynwood Recreation Center in Brookhaven, Ga., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, on the last day of early voting. (Phil Skinner/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – All voters, even those who are sick or in quarantine, have the right to vote on Election Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

According to the CDC’s website, “voters who are sick or in quarantine should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters.”

The agency says those steps include:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Staying at least six feet away from others
  • Washing hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting
  • Letting poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has also updated it’s Election Day COVID-19 protocols to align with the above CDC recommendations.

The Coastal Health District gave News 3 the following statement:

“Voters have the right to vote on election day even if they’re sick, in isolation, or under quarantine. If you are in quarantine or not feeling well and you vote in person, please let the poll workers know about your condition when you arrive at the polling location so they can help you minimize contact with other voters. We urge everyone, regardless of your health status, to take extra precautions at polling locations. Wearing a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after voting, and stay at least six feet away from other people.”

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