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How to vote during a pandemic

03/15/2020 8:33 pm ET Brian Frazer

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or are a Trump supporter (oh, wait… that’s the same thing) by now, you realize that the coronavirus isn’t a “hoax” and that we need to limit our contact with others. The NBA, NHL, and NCAA have already suspended their seasons, Disneyland is closing for weeks, Museums are down, Broadway is a ghost town, and Jared Kushner is in charge of getting everyone healthy again. But our elections will go on. Here are some adjustments we should all make.

The mailbox is your friend…

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia already conduct their elections by mail or allow “no excuse” absentee voting. States that permit postal participation had nearly a 16% higher turnout than non-mail states.

… The internet isn’t

Russian interference would run rampant if we allowed electronic voting. Without major election security bills – which Moscow Mitch has zero interest in allowing to reach the Senate floor – inflating and suppressing vote totals would be a foregone conclusion.

Don’t procrastinate on counting absentee ballots

Curiously, 15 states don’t allow the counting of absentee ballots until Election Day, which needlessly delays the results. Count as they come!

Know your rights 

Because absentee ballots get rejected at a higher rate than in-person ballots, these voters should be notified of any issues and be allowed to correct them. My signature varies slightly from check to check. Everyone deserves to have their vote counted.

Non-peak hours

If you do venture out in the primaries or the general election, try to avoid the crowds by voting in the middle of the morning or mid-afternoon.

What you can do

Click here and spread the word! The ACLU has a website that includes absentee ballot deadlines as well as other essential links to get us all through November.

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