Covid impacts voting



Cars enter and leave a drive-thru voting site on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Going to vote is different this year because of Covid-19. Ohio has put safety precautions in place so everyone can stay safe while they vote. People must wear a mask and only one person can go in from each family to a poll. This means parents cannot take their children. 

There are three different ways to vote. There is early in-person, absentee ballot and in-person on voting day. The different options to vote will bring the number of people down on the actual election day. A multitude of people chose to do an absentee ballot this year because it is contactless, and a majority of people believe it is the safest way to vote during this pandemic. 

“I decided to vote early. I wanted to get the whole “first-time” voting experience without the chaos of Election Day,” Dani B. ‘21 said.

While the choice to vote early was extremely popular this year to decrease the amount of people at the polls on Election Day, the absentee ballot was also a preferred method to vote. This method allowed people to vote from home. 

“I voted by absentee ballot because I do not want to go to the polls after working all day,” community member and teacher Emily Marquis said. 

People are given the right to vote by the 15th amendment. Some people choose not to express this right this year because they do not have political opinions or because they do not support either candidate.

“You should vote because lots of people fought for that right, and your opinion matters,” Isabella B. ‘24 said.