Another series of democratic primaries is coming this week, this time in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio. But a lot has changed since Super Tuesday. A lot has changed every hour lately.
In a joint statement last Friday, high-ranking electoral officials from the four states with an area code scheduled for March 17 raised concerns about COVID-19.
“Americans have participated in elections in the past in difficult times. Based on the best information we have received from public health officials, we are confident that voters in our states can safely and securely cast their ballots in these elections, and that this poll is otherwise healthy. Workers can and should be patriotic Fulfill duties on Tuesday, ”they wrote.
Three days after the Ohio chief election officer assured voters that the primaries would continue as planned, the state of the state seemed to be in flux. On Monday, Ohio governor Mike DeWine backed an eleventh-hour lawsuit to suppress the state primaries.
"We can't tell people to stay inside, but to go out and vote," DeWine argued on Twitter.
A state judge rejected the application on Monday evening. Judge Richard Frye decided that it was too late to make changes to the elementary school in Ohio and that it could not be guaranteed that the risk of the novel corona virus could continue for months to come.
"The doctors who give briefings in the national media suggest that it could take months for us to reach the point of stability," said Frye of the decision.
While Governor DeWine requested that the area code be moved to June, an Ohio Democratic Party lawyer requested that it be moved to April 28, the same day as Connecticut, New York, and other northeastern states. Starting Monday evening, primary school in Ohio will continue as planned.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, the Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, the state's top election officer, assured voters that the Ohio county's 88 electoral bodies worked with the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health on security practices to help spread the Government to prevent coronavirus.
"Voters should practice social distance in a line, and while every effort is made to avoid this, some lines may be slightly longer, but none of this should prevent voters from participating," LaRose said in a statement on Sunday.
Prior to her own area code on Tuesday, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs released some security policies on Twitter.
In a statement, Hobbs said that the decision to proceed with the vote was “not taken lightly” and that there might not be a safer time for the vote in the near future.
"My message to voters is: stay informed and make a decision that is right for you," said Hobbs, mentioning the roadside polling stations and the ballot boxes.
On Twitter, the Florida Secretary of State, Laurel Lee, encouraged residents to vote early and assured residents that the state "is aware of voters' concerns about # COVID19". In a comment, Lee also stated that voters in assisted living facilities can vote “without public exposure”.
Polling stations have been moved in some countries to reduce the risk of coronavirus. Every Tuesday election, primary voters are asked to check their polling station before going to the poll.
Your polling station may have changed in the past few days. If you are unsure of where your polling station is for tomorrow's presidential election, please contact your local polling officer. https://t.co/PWPFEnIUaB
– Laurel M. Lee (@FLSecofState), March 16, 2020
The state of Louisiana was the first to postpone its April 4 area code. The vote will now take place on June 20. Georgia pushed back its area code by two months from March 24 to May 19. The state of Kentucky will postpone its area code from May 19 through June 23.