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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?