Healthy Polling Places

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As part of the broader Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project, a team of designers from the Stanford have launched efforts to use human-centered design to contribute to protecting voter participation in the 2020 presidential election. Amidst a global health pandemic, the efforts are focused on how to reduce the health risks and stress associated with voting The team is working with a range of partners who are involved in improving the voting experience from a design, implementation, and experience standpoint at the state and county level.

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Other Resources for In-Person Voting

While many states have significantly ramped up their vote-by-mail capacity, some voters in state primaries and the general election this fall will vote in person. This page will compile resources for voters and officials to conduct those elections safely.

Public Health Guidance

CDC List of State and Territorial Health Department Websites. Website.

CDC Recommended Precautions for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locations, including Cleaning and Disinfection. (March 2020.)

COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Election Workers. (April 2020.)

Wearing Gloves for Ballot Handling. (Undated.)

Responding to the Pandemic

CISA Insights: Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). (March 2020.)

 Estimated Costs of COVID-19 Election Resiliency Measures. (March 2020; updated April 2020.)

Ten Recommendations to Ensure a Healthy and Trustworthy 2020 Election. (March 2020.)

Become a Poll Worker

Election administrators across the country rely on citizen poll workers to staff polling places and deliver other key services, but COVID-19 has made it difficult for election officials to recruit poll workers for special elections and primaries in 2020. Some counties are especially in need of volunteers.  Please see the link below or in the menu at left for information on how you can apply to be a poll worker this November.

Poll Worker Information