The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has released the following guidelines to help keep voters safe on Election Day:
- Limit your time at the polling place by confirming that your voter registration and polling place are correct, ensuring you have necessary identification documents and reviewing the ballot to become familiar with candidates and issues prior to arriving.
- Choose to vote during off-peak times to avoid crowds.
- Follow instructions from the election judges to maintain the health and safety for all individuals.
- Continue healthy behaviors that minimize the risk for the spread of illness:
- Maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others in and around the polling place.
- Washing hands with soap and water prior to visiting the polling place and using hand sanitizer frequently during the voting process. Ensure that hands are completely dry before touching voting equipment to avoid damage.
- Wearing masks or other face coverings in and around the polling location.
- Limit the number of unnecessary persons at the polling place by not bringing along children or other non-voting individuals.
Since the virus that causes COVID-19 is spread person-to-person, the longer an individual interacts with other, the higher the risk for the spread of illness.
“We recognize the importance of voting,” Department of Public Health Director Demetrius Cianci-Chapman said. “While measures are in place to reduce the spread of illness at polling places, individuals must take steps to protect themselves while voting – just like they would if they were participating in other activities around our county. Reducing close contact with others and following the prevention recommendations that have been shared for several months will help to make this election safe and healthy for all.”