South Korea Early Voting Begins

South Korea began early voting on Friday for a presidential election amid the pandemic, with up to a million people with COVID-19 expected to cast ballots during a spike in the country.

According to the national election commission, voters with COVID-19 or exposed to the virus would spray hand sanitizers and wear gloves before casting ballots, while election workers wore protective equipment, including full-body suits and safety glasses.

Government officials said people infected could walk in or take taxis or ambulances provided by local offices to the polling stations to vote in isolated booths. 

Last month, with more than 800,000 under home treatment for the coronavirus and nearly 800 in hospital intensive care, the government and health officials had sought to accommodate infected voters, including revising the election law.

South Korean voters would have to choose a replacement for liberal President Moon Jae-in, who could not run for reelection due to term limits.


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