Covid-19 Criteria For PI
New COVID-19 Criteria Qualify As “Physically Incapacitated” Voter for Absentee Voting
Senate Bill 210 allows registered voters who meet certain new COVID-19 criteria to claim “physically incapacitated” status for absentee voting at elections held during calendar year 2020.
Absentee ballot affidavits for “physically incapacitated” voters and their caregivers are verified by two witnesses – no notarization is required. (Note: If a state of emergency for COVID-19 is in effect, a voter also has the option of verifying an absentee ballot affidavit by including a copy of valid identification. Learn more here.)
Voters are not required to disclose which of the COVID-19 criteria make them eligible to apply in as a physically incapacitated voter.
Voters who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply for an absentee ballot identifying themselves on as a “physically incapacitated” when they apply for absentee ballots:
- The voter has tested positive for COVID-19 and is receiving medical treatment or is in quarantine ordered by a personal physician or by the county health department.
- The voter has been tested for COVID-19 and is either in quarantine or is self-isolating while waiting for the test results.
- The voter has symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, and has been advised by a personal physician or a county health department to quarantine or self-isolate.
- The voter is a member of a group considered at “higher risk of severe illness” due to age or underlying health conditions and is subject to a “stay at home” or “safer at home” or similar order by the Governor or by an authorized municipal authority.
- The voter has received a written recommendation from a personal physician that due to an underlying health condition the voter should not leave his or her home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have questions not answered on this page,
please contact your local County Election Board or the State Election Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.