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Voting during the Covid-19 crisis

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    Florida, Illinois and Arizona are holding their primary elections today despite the concerns about the Covid-19 virus. Ohio was also supposed to be voting today, but the governor and secretary of state have closed all polling places because of health concerns. This in defiance of a judge who said the voting cannot be postponed.

    I can certainly appreciate that there are health concerns, but it seems to me that provisions could be made to protect the voters...keeping a certain distance, for example, for people standing in line. Having hand sterilizers available at every voting booth would also help. Allowing only so many people into the voting building at a time, etc. It can be done. It is being done in the other states holding elections today. So I wonder if there is another motive behind the governor's actions.

    In Colorado, Washington and Oregon, voters vote by mail so it is not an issue. In Colorado we also have the option of voting in person (early or on the day), by-mail or dropping off a ballot at conveniently located drop boxes . However, in Republican controlled states, it seems voting is always made more difficult.

    I don't know if the Covid-19 situation will be any better in June. It could be worse. Would Ohio postpone again? I note Ohio had a limited four day period of early voting in February. How will those votes be counted if the regular voting day is put off for months?

    However, one more point to ponder. What if the Covid-19 virus comes back in a big way in the fall. Could Trump use his emergency powers to put off the November 3rd general election like the Ohio Secretary of State just did for Ohio?

    Just saying...

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    I vote today. The local news reports that over 100 poll workers quit because of the fear of getting sick. Supposedly many people will need to double check to see if their place to vote is changing. I think it's over paranoid fear beyond reason. If I were 70 and sitting there for 8 hours I might feel different.
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Florida, Illinois and Arizona are holding their primary elections today despite the concerns about the Covid-19 virus. Ohio was also supposed to be voting today, but the governor and secretary of state have closed all polling places because of health concerns. This in defiance of a judge who said the voting cannot be postponed.

    I can certainly appreciate that there are health concerns, but it seems to me that provisions could be made to protect the voters...keeping a certain distance, for example, for people standing in line. Having hand sterilizers available at every voting booth would also help. Allowing only so many people into the voting building at a time, etc. It can be done. It is being done in the other states holding elections today. So I wonder if there is another motive behind the governor's actions.

    In Colorado, Washington and Oregon, voters vote by mail so it is not an issue. In Colorado we also have the option of voting in person (early or on the day), by-mail or dropping off a ballot at conveniently located drop boxes . However, in Republican controlled states, it seems voting is always made more difficult.

    I don't know if the Covid-19 situation will be any better in June. It could be worse. Would Ohio postpone again? I note Ohio had a limited four day period of early voting in February. How will those votes be counted if the regular voting day is put off for months?

    However, one more point to ponder. What if the Covid-19 virus comes back in a big way in the fall. Could Trump use his emergency powers to put off the November 3rd general election like the Ohio Secretary of State just did for Ohio?

    Just saying...

    Schmidt:

    My wife, our daughter-in-law and our son-in-law have all had their party designation mysteriously changed from "Democrat" to "other"by the recorders office, which prevented them from voting in the Democratic primary.

    My wife just mailed her registration in yesterday, but because she was listed as "other" on the official records, she was unable to vote in this week's primary election. Our daughter-in-law went to the polling location TODAY, and was told that she could not vote because she was registered as "other". She also will fill out another voter registration card so that she can vote in the general election in November.

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    Schmidt Wrote: However, one more point to ponder. What if the Covid-19 virus comes back in a big way in the fall. Could Trump use his emergency powers to put off the November 3rd general election like the Ohio Secretary of State just did for Ohio?

    Just saying...

    Lord help us if he tries to do that.

    Now is the time for every single state to pass a vote-by-mail law, even if it is used as a backstop in case of emergency. I honestly don't know if Congress has the authority to pass one and it would undoubtedly be held up in the courts if they did, but every state can pass a law requiring vote-by-mail today. They should do it now.