How to Stay Safe When Voting Amid the Ongoing Pandemic
Keep Yourself Protected as You Go to the Polls on November 3rd
In just a few more days, Americans will be exercising their right to vote once again. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, voters will need to undertake special safety measures in this year’s presidential election. Don’t worry, you can still cast your ballot and vote for your candidates — just do it with extra care.
Expect election officials and poll workers to do their part to ensure voters’ safety by following the best health and safety practices. Rest assured they’ll frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces in the polling stations, mandate the recommended physical distancing measure, and provide bottles of alcohol and hand sanitizers.
As for voters, they’ll also need to adhere to certain safety protocols, whether they’re voting by mail or in person.
If you choose to do in-person voting, the first thing to do is to determine whether you feel well and show no symptoms of possible coronavirus infection. Once you’re certain that you can vote at the polling station, consider following these recommendations to ensure that you stay safe:
1. Prepare your ID, voter guide, and other documents ahead of time.
Before making your way to the polling station, see to it that you have a valid photo ID with you. You may also bring your voter card issued by your state confirming that you’re a registered voter. You may also bring your notes, a voter’s guide, or a sample ballot into the voting booth. This frees you from having to memorize your choices for candidates and ballot initiatives, thus avoiding delays in the voting. Keep all these documents in a folder or envelope.
2. Vote early.
Another tip to avoid long queues (and crowds) is by going to the polling station at off-peak times such as mid-morning or early afternoon. Although you can expect the officials to implement strict distancing rules, large crowds are always a possibility.
You might also want to check in with your local election office for guidance. Some communities provide real-time information regarding waiting times at polling areas, while others offer curbside or drive-through voting to reduce the risk of exposure.
3. Practice healthy behaviors
Stick to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts have been reminding us ever since the pandemic hit the nation. Wear your mask. Stay at least six feet away from others.
Cover your nose with a tissue when you sneeze and your mouth when you cough. If you don’t have a tissue, just use your elbow to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, respectively.
Wash your hands before and after leaving the polling station. It’s also a good idea to bring your own black pen just in case the polling officials would allow it. This would rule out the possibility of contracting a disease from the government-issued pen used by voters.
4. Have a waiting plan.
If you can’t be at the polling station during off-peak hours, make sure that you already know what you’ll be doing while you’re waiting in long lines. Wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks and a water bottle. If you think standing for a long time would wear you out, take a portable chair with you.
5. Do not wipe clean the voting equipment on your own.
Election officials and poll workers are the ones responsible for disinfecting voting machines, which means that you shouldn’t be wiping them clean yourself. To ensure your safety, use an alcohol-based sanitizer to disinfect your hands before and after touching the equipment.
Make a Difference During These Hard Times
Just like your vote, a simple car donation matters to us at Kids Car Donations. By donating any old vehicle that you no longer find useful, you’ll get to help children and teens in your community who are facing serious health issues.
No need to worry about your personal safety when donating since you can do it in the comfort of your own home with just one short phone call to us.
We’ll turn your donation into a life-saving instrument for kids struggling with chronic or critical illnesses. We’ll auction off your vehicle and transfer the proceeds to our nonprofit partners to help fund their life-saving and life-enhancing programs for sick and disabled kids. These IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations provide their young beneficiaries with comprehensive and quality medical assistance, including free and easy access to vital health services, emotional support, and other essential health care services.
Your donation will allow you to receive valuable rewards. You’ll get our free pickup and towing service wherever you’re making your donation. You’ll also entitle yourself to claim a hefty tax deduction in the next tax season, courtesy of the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your sold vehicle that we’ll mail to you days after the sale of your donated vehicle. This receipt will entitle you to receive a handsome tax write-off in the next tax season.
On top of these material rewards, you’ll also feel awesome satisfaction, knowing that your gift will be used to restore the health of ailing youngsters in your area.
We accept almost all vehicle types regardless of their age or condition. Aside from cars, we also take motorcycles, RVs, boats, trailers, jet skis, golf carts, snowmobiles, non-commercial planes, and many more.
If you want to know about our quick and easy vehicle donation process, feel free to visit our FAQs page. If you have questions or concerns, you can call us anytime at 866-634-8395 or leave us a message online.
Give Hope to Ailing Kids Today!
As you take steps to ensure your safety when you go to the polls on November 3rd, think of the ailing boys and girls in your community who badly need medical assistance. Many of them come from families who simply can’t afford the high costs of certain medical treatments.
There’s certainly no better way to dispose of your unwanted beater than by donating it to help these children.
What are you waiting for? Call Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or fill out our online donation form to get started with your car donation now!