Choice of polling location matters. Voting should occur in large, well-ventilated areas that can accommodate physical distancing measures. Counties should aim to use school gymnasiums, community recreation centers, convention centers, or large arenas as voting sites. If weather permits, they may want to consider allowing voting in large parking lots. For optimal infection control, voting locations should have one-way flow, with separate points of entry and exit for voters. This will also minimize crowd formation…

Inside polling locations, all voters should take proactive steps to remain safe and healthy. This means maintaining appropriate physical distance of at least six feet between individuals, wearing a mask that covers nose and mouth, and practicing good hand hygiene. Polling places must be appropriately cleaned to prevent transmission of coronavirus, with hand sanitizer provided to voters before and after voting, with voting booth surfaces and machines sanitized after each use. High-touch surfaces, such as poll worker stations, door handles, and bathrooms, should be cleaned with an FDA-approved disinfectant approximately every four hours.

Officials should also avoid recirculation of contaminated air and facilitate increased air flow in these locations. They can do this by maximizing heating, ventilation and air conditioning capacity and using air filtration systems, but officials should also plan to reconfigure locations to ensure there is plenty of space between voting booths.