Safe Voting: COVID-19
Below are some tips to stay safe while voting and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Consider other ways to vote
Consider other ways to vote in your area, such as early voting or ballot drop-off boxes. Voting alternatives that limit the number of people you come in contact with or the amount of time you are in contact with others can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- The risk of voting in person is comparable to going to the grocery store.
- Voting by mail or dropping off your ballot are the safest methods.
If you need to stay home because you are sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you can still vote. See Minnesota Secretary of State - 2020 Elections and COVID-19 for your options, including curbside voting and having someone bring you your ballot.
Be prepared ahead of time
The Minnesota Secretary of State - Find County Election Office has links to all county election office websites. Check your local election office for the methods to vote available in your area, what you may need to bring, or additional voting information for people with disabilities.
Try to avoid crowds
- If voting on election day, try to avoid crowds.
- If possible, vote at off-peak times, such as mid-morning.
- If you drive to the polls and your schedule allows, monitor the voter line from your car and join when the line is shorter.
Practice healthy behaviors
Practice healthy behaviors to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19
- Stay at least 6 feet from others.
- Wear a face covering. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-81 generally requires face coverings to be worn over your nose and mouth in all indoor businesses and public places (including polling places).
- Some people do not have to wear a face covering, such as children under 2 and people who have certain medical or mental health conditions or disabilities that make it difficult to wear a face covering.
- For more information, see Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before entering and after leaving the polling location. See CDC's Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.
- While in the polling location, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after touching surfaces frequently touched by multiple people, such as door handles or voting machines.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Stay home if you are sick.