President Trump on Sunday shared Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice on voting in person amid the coronavirus pandemic — after the expert said there’s “no reason” it can’t be done.
“‘If carefully done, according to the guidelines, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that (vote at polling place),’ ” the president wrote on Twitter, attributing the quote to Fauci.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert made the statement during a National Geographic event that aired Thursday.
Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was asked by ABC News’s Deborah Roberts about concerns over heading to the polls amid the viral outbreak.
“Can people safely go out and vote in person, given that this year, there is so much concern around the vote?” Roberts asked.
Fauci replied: “I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case.”
However, Fauci said, mitigation measures such as wearing a mask and keeping 6-feet apart should be observed, even at the polls.
“If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to [vote in person],” he said.
But, he warned: “if you’re a person who is compromised physically or otherwise, you don’t want to take the chance.”
And, those not interested in physically going to the polls on Election Day can use mail-in voting if available, Fauci said.
Otherwise, “there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to vote in person,” he said.