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How to vote in your primary election while you stay indoors

In some US states, absentee voting is reserved for people who will be out of town on election day, and those who physically can’t get to their polling station. The spread of the novel coronavirus might drastically change those policies in many states in the coming months, expanding them to include people who would rather vote by mail to avoid the risk of contracting the virus by voting in person.

A recent bill (called The Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act of 2020), proposed by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), wants to make voting by mail a right for all Americans under moments of crisis, such as the time we’re currently facing with the coronavirus. It aims to make absentee voting allowed in states where restrictions are usually placed on citizens, per an analysis at Vox.

Given the fast-changing nature of things relating to the virus and its impact on basically everything, it’s tough to say definitively if, when the time to vote in your next election comes around, your state will accept votes by mail from all voters. However, if you’re keen on having your voice heard in the upcoming election, and want to avoid crowded polling stations, you may want to at least try to apply for an absentee ballot.

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