As election day is approaching, many people want to cast their votes – but there is concern about the safety of voting activities for older adults this year. It is possible to protect yourself and your aging parents from the coronavirus while also taking part in the election process. Voting is an important right for Americans, which is why it’s essential that older adults have the opportunity to participate.
Voting and Health in 2020
One of the most effective ways to avoid exposure to COVID-19 is by choosing an option to vote by mail. This solution makes it safe for everyone to vote because you don’t have to visit a public place to vote. Doing so by mail is recommended, especially for people like aging adults who are at high risk of contracting the virus.
Not only can you mail your own ballott, but you can also assist aging parents in safe voting practices. Early mail-in voting depends on your location. Since election day is happening soon, now is the time to be proactive about exploring your options for safe voting.
Here are a few health recommendations if you or a family member chooses to vote in person:
- Wear a mask while voting
- Practice physical distancing when in public
- Wash your hands often using soap of hand sanitizer
If you have symptoms, then contact the local elections office to learn about options for an emergency absentee ballot or curbside voting from the car.
Voting in San Diego
If you or your parents live in San Diego, then you should know that the San Diego County Registrar of Voters is committed to helping all voters exercise their rights in a location that is secure, safe, and accessible. Precautionary measures are planned for all voting locations.
Due to the shortage of poll workers, there are fewer voting locations than in past elections. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, then you can take advantage of early voting in San Diego County. Check out available hours and find your assigned polling place at this link.
Are you registered to vote? Make sure you are proactive about checking your registration information right away. You might need to update your mailing address or re-register if you’ve changed your name.
At Windward Life Care, we support the community and invite everyone to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. If you need assistance with safety and health for older voters, then reach out to our team to find available resources.