South Korea’s Election: Voting Nearly All in Person, High Turnout, No New Infections

As a follow-up to Dr. Fauci’s comments on the safety of in-person voting, it is worth noting that, back in April, South Korea was one of the first countries to hold major national elections since the pandemic began. South Korea has virtually no mail-in voting. Turnout for these elections was the highest since 1992. And yet, analysts have concluded there were zero confirmed Covid-19 cases related to exposure at the polls.

South Korea took a number of measures to make this possible. In particular, the government encouraged early in-person voting, to reduce crowding at the polls, and 40% of voters cast their ballots that way. For a full study of these elections, see this detailed report from


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