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How do I vote in my state during the pandemic? Use this handy tool to find out

Voting will be tricky this year. Even if you take the risk of in-person voting, COVID-19 is sure to close many polls at churches and retirement homes. Voting by mail is a great alternative—but the USPS may not be able to keep up with demand, not all states are offering this option, as a result of the pandemic, and some parts of the United States even require you notarize your ballot first.

So how do you know how to vote? NBC News has created an interactive map called Plan Your Vote, which answers all your biggest voting questions at a glance. You tap on a question such as “Can I vote in person before Election Day?” and the map shows you which states allow it, through color-coding.

“It was very obvious to us that this is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime, and part of the role of a news organization is to inform the public,” says Chris Berend, executive vice president of digital for NBC News Group. “And there is probably no bigger priority right now than having people understand how to participate in our democracy.”

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