Yes, you can have COVID-19 and leave to vote

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BROWNSVILLE – As COVID-19 positive cases increase to the thousands and many anxiously await results, health officials urge you to stay home in quarantine or isolate until results are confirmed.

As the argument of exercising freedoms has been a focal point amid the pandemic, the right to vote is a freedom election officials are accommodating.  

Cameron County Elections Administrator Remi Garza, “there isn’t anything that would interfere with somebody’s right to go to the polling place and vote,” including a COVID-19 positive status.

Cameron County has taken precautions to protect poll workers, “we believe that if we could protect the voter, we’re going to protect the vote.” Garza tells CBS4/LOCAL 23 News, poll workers will wear face masks and use antiseptic wipes to clean items in contact with voters, as well as frequently washing our hands. “We also have the plastic face shields that the workers a can wear if that makes them more comfortable. We’re taking the same steps that you would take in your everyday life to protect yourself.” Garza said.

To cut down on time at the polls Garza suggests visiting the election’s website before leaving home to know where your polling location is. It is also suggested to wear a face mask and have a valid identification ready at curbside.

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