COVID-19: Voting on November 3

COVID-19: Voting on November 3

October 30, 2020

Make a Plan for Voting During COVID

All registered voters are reminded and encouraged to participate in the Nov. 3 election.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line at the closing time of 7 p.m. will have the right to cast their vote.

Students are eligible to vote in the county in which they have registered. Students living on campus and registered to vote in Adair County will be able to vote at polling stations in the Student Union Building Down Under between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Employees and students living off campus and registered to vote in Adair County are able to identify their assigned polling location, based on their local address, through the Secretary of State Voter Outreach site.

Adair County voters currently in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 can still vote through a drive-up voting station at the NEMO Fairgrounds. These voters are reminded to wear a mask and remain in their vehicle for the protection of the election officials.

While at the polling location, it is important to remember the basic safety protocols in place as a result of the pandemic. Maintain proper social distance when waiting in line, wear a mask, spend as little time inside as necessary and use hand sanitizer after leaving.

As a campus community, Truman values the civic responsibility of voting and understands that fitting in time to vote may be more difficult for some than others. Some polling lines may be long and other circumstances may influence the time it takes to complete the voting process. This should be taken into consideration if students or employees are tardy or absent for a portion of the day due to voting. Employees are granted up to three hours of paid time off to vote, and faculty are encouraged to support student voting as expressed in the Student Government Resolution. All offices are expected to maintain regular business hours, so it is essential for staff to coordinate with colleagues and consult with their direct supervisor regarding their intentions for participating in the election.

Patience and understanding will be required after election day as well. Results may not be known immediately. This is not cause for concern as a delay is expected. For tips on dealing with election-related stress, click here. While this election is characterized by intense polarization, it is important as a campus community to focus on shared values, including a respect for different perspectives and opinions. Regardless of the outcome, the Truman community will remain committed to joining together as a Bulldog family and working together to make the world a better place.