The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for isolation and quarantine do not preclude Americans from voting in the election, said a CDC spokesperson on Monday.
CDC’s recommendations for isolating someone who has Covid-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with Covid-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote,” a CDC spokesperson told CNN via email.
In-person voting can be carried out safely following CDC’s recommendations for polling location and voters, the spokesperson said.
When possible, alternative voting options – which minimize contact between voters and poll workers – should be made available for people with Covid-19, those who have symptoms of Covid-19, and those who have been exposed, the spokesperson added.
Poll workers who are assisting voters with symptoms should be provided with personal protective equipment and trained to use it appropriately.
Voters who are sick or in quarantine should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from others, and washing their hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting," the spokesperson said. "These voters also should let poll workers know about their condition when arriving at the polling location."