(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- The Centers for Disease Control offered new guidance on voting over the weekend, telling people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to go out and exercise their right to vote. It stands in stark contrast to the guidance issued by the public health institute throughout the rest of the pandemic.
A spokesperson for the CDC said to CNN on Monday that their recommendations for quarantining doesn’t stand in the way of people exercising their right to vote.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
However, the CDC did add that any person casting their vote in person should take measures to reduce the chances of spreading the disease. According to the new guidelines, any voter who is either sick with the virus or currently in quarantine after being exposed to the virus should “take steps to protect poll workers and other voters.”
The measures proposed by the CDC include maintaining social distancing while attending the polling station, wearing a mask, and washing and sanitizing hands before going to the polling station and after casting a ballot.
The CDC guidelines also say that anybody who is infected with the virus should tell poll workers that they are sick upon arriving at the polling station.
A different set of guidelines from the public health body also said that polling locations should establish “alternative voting options” for people who arrive to vote during their quarantine period.
“Where possible in your jurisdiction, offer alternative voting options for voters with symptoms, those who are sick or known COVID-19 positive,” the guidelines explain. “Alternative voting options should minimize exposure between poll workers and voters, such as a designated polling site or curbside voting for sick voters.”
The guidelines also say that poll workers who assist voters with COVID-19 should wear gowns, gloves, face shields, and respiratory protection.
While many people have already turned to mail-in voting and early voting – almost 100 million in fact – those who prepared to vote on election day but unexpectedly contracted the virus will have no other option but to turn up to the polling station.