Voting Rights in the Era of COVID-19

Authors: Neil J. Nusbaum, JD, MD


The year 2020 has brought to the United States the coincidence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and a presidential election year. It appears likely that concerns regarding medically vulnerable individuals may extend for months into the future, to Election Day in November or even beyond. In any event, it seems inevitable that issues regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its management will be a central part of voter concerns and discussion this year.

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1. Office of the Secretary of State, Connecticut. Safe polls plan: social distancing. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/LEAD_Communications/2020/Safe-Polls-Social-Distancing.pdf. Published June 1, 2020. Accessed July 11, 2020.