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Recommendations for Election Polling Locations from the CDC

Interim guidance from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during Elections

Please visit the CDC page for the full list including additional details.

Actions for elections officials in advance of election day

  • Encourage mail-in methods of voting if allowed in the jurisdiction
  • Encourage early voting, where voter crowds may be smaller throughout the day
  • Encourage voters planning to vote in-person on election day to arrive at off-peak times
  • Encourage relocating polling places from nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and senior living residences, to minimize COVID-19 exposure among older individuals and those with chronic medical conditions

Preventive actions polling workers can take 

  • Stay at home if you have fever, respiratory symptoms, or believe you are sick
  • Practice hand hygiene frequently
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces
  • Disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs after cleaning
  • Clean and disinfect voting-associated equipment (e.g., voting machines, laptops, tablets, keyboards) routinely

Preventive action polling stations workers can take for themselves and the general public

  • Ensure bathrooms at the polling station are supplied adequately with soap, water, and drying materials so visitors and staff can wash their hands
  • Provide an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Incorporate social distancing strategies, as feasible

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