This week brings another batch of Democratic primaries, this time in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio.
In a joint declaration last Friday, leading election authorities from the 4 states with a primary arranged on March 17 dealt with concerns about COVID-19
” Americans have actually taken part in elections during tough times in the past, and based on the very best details we have from public health authorities, we are confident that citizens in our states can safely and firmly cast their ballots in this election, which otherwise healthy survey employees can and need to perform their patriotic responsibilities on Tuesday,” they wrote.
Three days after Ohio’s leading election official assured voters that the primaries would continue as planned, the state’s scenario remained in flux. On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine supported an eleventh hour lawsuit to push the state’s primary back.
Update: Late Monday night, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered the state’s surveys closed. “To perform an election at this time would require poll workers and voters to face an unacceptable risk of contracting COVID-19,” Acton wrote in the order.
On Monday night, a state judge declined the request.
While Gov. DeWine requested that the main be pressed back to June, a lawyer for the Ohio Democratic Celebration asked for that it be relocated to April 28, the exact same day as Connecticut, New York and other states in the Northeast.
” We can not tell individuals to remain inside, but likewise inform them to go out and vote,” DeWine argued on Twitter. DeWine has regularly followed the science and taken decisive action to safeguard Ohio’s homeowners from COVID-19 as he and a handful of other governors step up to fill the leadership vacuum left by the Trump administration’s reluctant, typically inconsistent response to the crisis.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state’s top election official, reassured voters that Ohio’s 88 county election boards have been dealing with the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health on security practices to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
” Voters ought to practice social distance in line, and though every effort is made to avoid it, some lines may be a bit longer, however none of this should dissuade voters from getting involved,” LaRose said in a declaration Sunday.
Ahead of its own Tuesday primary, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs provided some security standards on Twitter.
In a statement, Hobbs stated that the choice to continue with ballot was “not made gently” and that there might not be a safer time in the near future for voting to occur.
” My message to citizens is, stay informed and make a decision that is best for you,” Hobbs said, mentioning curbside voting areas and drive-up ballot drop boxes.
On Twitter, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee encouraged locals to vote early and assured locals that the state is “knowledgeable about citizens’ issues over #COVID19” In an op-ed, Lee also kept in mind that voters in assisted living facilities will be allowed to vote “without public exposure.”
In some states, polling places have been relocated to alleviate the threats of the coronavirus. In any state ballot Tuesday, primary citizens are motivated to check their polling place before going out to vote.
Your ballot location might have altered within the past number of days. If you are not sure of where your designated ballot location is for tomorrow’s Presidential Primary Election, be sure to contact your regional Manager of Election. https://t.co/PWPFEnIUaB
— Laurel M. Lee (@FLSecofState) March 16, 2020
The state of Louisiana was the very first to postpone its main, which was set for April 4.