Election 2020 Voting Virus Q And A

Election worker Adonlie DeRoche, seated, wears a mask and face shield behind Plexiglas for safety July 14 while handing a ballot and single-use pen to a voter during the primary election in Portland, Maine. Thousands of U.S. election officials are busy sharing creative ideas they hope will keep voters and polling places safe from infection.

The coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways big and small. What happens when those disruptions overlap with voting? Thousands of state and local election officials across the U.S are sharing ideas and making accommodations to try to ensure that voters and polling places are safe amid an unprecedented pandemic.

Some are finding ways to expand access to voter registration and ballot request forms. Others are testing new products, installing special equipment or scouting outdoor voting locations.

Here are virus-related obstacles voters could face during this unprecedented presidential election year along with some of the solutions being tried:

Associated Press writers Bryan Anderson in Raleigh, N.C.; Cedar Attanasio in Sante Fe, N.M.; Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska; and Kate Brumbeck in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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