by Maddi Butler
Published on: Oct 13, 2020
For most of us, 2020 has forced radical lifestyle changes. As the year and the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, we’ve had to adapt at a moment’s notice. And we will continue to do so—after all, resilience is part of the bedrock of the American Spirit. As we adapt, part of this is recognizing that our gatherings and milestones won’t look like they have in the past.
Among these events, of course, is Election Day. Most states have adjusted accordingly to provide mail-in ballots as well as options for early voting. Because the pandemic has created such a truly unique situation, we have decided to close our (virtual) offices this Election Day.
Whether our team members choose to vote in person or by mail, we believe everyone deserves the chance to exercise their right to vote as safely as possible, and without the added stress of getting back to their desk within a certain time constraint. We’re encouraging all of our team members—and you as well—to have your voting plan in place so you’re ready come November 3rd. Need more information on voting? Check out the links below.
For various reasons, not everyone will be able to or prefers to vote in person. But as we mentioned above, many states have expanded their mail-in voting programs to accommodate new health and safety guidelines. If you choose to vote by mail, double check to ensure you’ve followed the proper procedures before mailing out your ballot. Different states have different guidelines about how ballots must be prepared and where they can be turned in.
Similarly, not everyone prefers to vote by mail. Voting in person affords some extra accessibility options for voters who need them. Due to the pandemic though, some states are opening fewer polling places this year, so make sure you know where you’re going ahead of time. Your county clerk’s office should be able to answer any questions you have about the voting process.
For more information about voting in your area, the National Council on Aging has put together a Healthy Voting website with state-specific guidelines and resources. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered to vote, you can check your registration status or register to vote at Vote.org.
However you choose to perform your civic duty, we encourage everyone to wear a mask, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and maintain a safe distance from your fellow citizens while making your voice heard.