Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is "no reason" Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.
Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.
"I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there's no reason that I can see why that not be the case," Fauci told ABC News. "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 shouldn't be able to do that."
Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.
"I mean, obviously if you're a person who is compromised physically or otherwise, you don't want to take the chance," Fauci said. "There's the situation of mail-in voting that has been done for years in many places. So there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to vote in person or otherwise."