In an interview with National Geographic on Thursday, Aug. 13, Dr. Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Infectious Diseases, said he sees no reason why people cannot vote in person in the incoming Nov. 3 election, as long as security measures are taken, The Washington Times reported.
“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 do that,” Dr. Fauci said. “I think if carefully done according to the guidelines, there is no reason that I can see why that would not be the case,” he said.
The infectious disease expert gave the example of going to a store to buy goods, something so common everywhere, “They have Xs every six or more feet. And it says, ‘Don’t leave this spot until the person in front of you left their spot,’” Fauci said.
Fauci referred to people with pre-existing conditions who can use an alternative when it comes to voting, “Obviously if you are a person that is compromised physically or otherwise and don’t want to take chance, there is the situation of mail-in voting.”
Fauci’s comments come at a time when Democrats are pushing the idea of universal mail-in voting, which President Trump opposes because of the vulnerability of the system, coupled with the poor state of the nation’s postal service.
President Trump said he does not oppose absentee voting, which has a more rigorous security process that people like those described by Dr. Fauci with pre-existing conditions could apply.
But universal mail-in voting, in which votes are sent en masse to people, is a different matter for the president, “Look at California where they found a million non-eligible voters,” President Trump said Thursday at his press conference, referring to a report by the NGO Judicial Watch, where he gave other examples such as the elections in Virginia and New York where there have also been serious irregularities with universal mail-in voting.