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Quarantined Czechs can vote in drive-in stations

PRAGUE — Czechs are casting ballot from their cars for the first time, a measure forced by the coronavirus pandemic.



An election committee member, wearing a protective suit, holds a ballot box for a man to vote in regional and senate elections at a drive-in polling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Czechs are casting ballots from their cars for the first time, a measure forced by the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 156 drive-in temporary ballot stations have been established by the armed forces across the country for those quarantined due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


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An election committee member, wearing a protective suit, holds a ballot box for a man to vote in regional and senate elections at a drive-in polling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Czechs are casting ballots from their cars for the first time, a measure forced by the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 156 drive-in temporary ballot stations have been established by the armed forces across the country for those quarantined due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

A total of 156 drive-in temporary ballot stations have been established by the armed forces across the country for those quarantined due to coronavirus infections.



Israeli protesters wave flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against parliament's plans to ban them from protesting during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The protesters accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of exploiting the coronavirus crisis in order to stop weeks of demonstrations against him. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


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Israeli protesters wave flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against parliament’s plans to ban them from protesting during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The protesters accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of exploiting the coronavirus crisis in order to stop weeks of demonstrations against him. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Those who cannot use a car can ask for a visit of a special electoral committee with a ballot box in their homes.



A teacher leads her students into an elementary school in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, as hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms in the city, resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus is infecting a rising number of American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


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A teacher leads her students into an elementary school in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, as hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms in the city, resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus is infecting a rising number of American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Previously, those quarantined were not allowed to vote because of health concerns. But as their numbers rose, new legislation was passed to make sure their voting rights were respected.

The Czechs are voting in regional elections and the first round of elections for one third of the upper house of Parliament, the Senate, on Friday and Saturday. The second round of the Senate elections is scheduled for Oct 9-10.

The Czech Republic has had 67,843 confirmed cases with 636 deaths.

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Passengers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus line up to board planes ahead of the upcoming Chuseok holiday, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day, at the domestic flight terminal of Gimpo airport in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


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Passengers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus line up to board planes ahead of the upcoming Chuseok holiday, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day,