Anthony Barile, MD, infectious-disease medical director at Health First in Florida, explained that there are things you can bring with you to ensure you avoid germs as much as possible. For example, he recommends contacting your polling location to ask if you can bring your own black pen or stylus for the voting machine. "If you can, make sure these items are part of your essentials when you go to vote," Dr. Barile told POPSUGAR. "The less shared surfaces or items you have to touch, the better."
And, of course, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol should be in your bag at all times, and Election Day is no exception. "Use [hand sanitizer] after touching surfaces like the voting machine, pens, or door handles," Dr. Barile said.