Election Day 2020 is just a few days away. As you can imagine, there’s a lot going on and a lot at stake. But here’s a kicker: we’re not dealing with a typical presidential election – and in fact, nothing about 2020 has been typical, has it?
Among one of the many elements changing the scope of this year’s election process has been, of course, COVID-19. Health experts have recommended social distancing and avoiding gatherings to help reduce spread of the virus. But with election time coming up, it’s hard to do! In response, states have urged voters to apply for mail-in ballots, which gives them their election choices via mail. But, as registering to vote now expires in most states and only few weeks until election day, time is a factor.
As such, you may need to vote in person. But fear not, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to vote on election day. Early voting is still very much a thing in most states (of which we’ll provide some info for South Carolina). That means you can cast your ballot on a designated day (usually between the times of 7AM-7PM) so you have time.
But before you do, no doubt there are things you should know and consider. We’ll break a few of those down to help you have a no-fuss voting day.
Wear a mask and protective gear
Regardless of some opinions, wearing a mask is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The virus is also known to spread in an airborne fashion. So, in crowds, don’t take a chance and have a mask ready.
Have your ID on hand
Most polling places will require ID before you can vote, so remember yours.
You have a right to vote
Let no one tell you otherwise. As an American citizen, it is your right to vote. You also have a right to vote even if polling places close. IF you’re waiting to vote beyond closing hours, you can stay until you’ve cast your ballot. Do not let misinformation tell you otherwise.
Report voter intimidation
This has been a tumultuous year to say the least to the point where some may feel threatened when going to vote. Though we at Mobile Attic strongly doubt any serious examples of voter intimidation will occur, understand that voter intimidation under any capacity is illegal. If you see attempts to stop voting with threats or otherwise, report it.
Know your times and polling place
For residents of South Carolina, we’ll provide some handy references below. In general, however, keep this in mind:
- Double check and make sure you’re registered to vote (you can do this online)
- Have a government issue ID ready
- Known your county polling place and early voting times
- Practice all safety guidelines for COVID-19
- Offer to take friends/family in a group to help others vote
- Get the word out and remind everyone you know to vote
South Carolina Voting Information: https://www.scvotes.gov/south-carolina-voting-information-page