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March 20, 2020
Think tank estimates $2 billion cost to carry out November election during pandemic (Politico): “It would cost the U.S. up to $2 billion to adjust the country's voting processes in ways that would allow November's election to go on, even if the coronavirus pandemic persists, according to a new think tank study.” Meet the reformer: Gilda Daniels, voting rights advocate and chronicler (The Fulcrum)

‘Depressing and demoralizing:’ No state, federal action taken to combat foreign election interference despite UW research (Channel 3000)
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Elections May Have to Change During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Here’s How. (ProPublica): “States may shift primary dates, but only Congress can change the federal elections. We spoke to an elections expert to learn what you need to know about how coronavirus could affect the way voters cast their ballots in November.” One More Coronavirus Fear: Will Trump Sabotage the 2020 Election? (Vanity Fair): “Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said his state’s decision this week to postpone a Democratic primary shouldn’t become a precedent for Trump to try and delay November’s election.”

Voter Fraud Alarmist Group Seizes On Coronavirus To Denounce Mail-In Balloting (TPM): “Voting fraud alarmist groups claim that an increase in mail-in voting will lead to rampant, election-swinging criminality.”

The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Require US Elections to Be Done by Mail (Vice): “For years, reformers have been saying that voting by mail was a safe, convenient and cheap alternative to in-person voting. Now it looks like a necessity.”

Opinion: We Can’t Let Coronavirus Postpone Elections (NY Times): “Even in war, America has kept up its democratic traditions. We can’t stop now.”

Governor announces new Primary Runoff Election date
Eufaula Tribune - March 19


Connecticut governor moves primary from April 28 to June 2
KOB 4 - March 19


How will coronavirus, election security worries affect 2020 voting in Collier County? 
Fort Myers News Press - March 19


Indiana officials considering delay of May primary election
WANE - March 20


Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Voter ID Bill
Spectrum News 1 - March 19

New Jersey

Coronavirus Alters NJ Election Procedure, Moves Election Dates
Patch - March 19


Ohio voting rights groups: Registration deadline must move with primary date
Columbus Dispatch - March 19

Re-opening voter registration demands rise as challenges to primary delay mount
NBC 4 - March 19


Oregon Primary Elections, by Mail, to Proceed as Planned
AP - March 19


Opinion: How Memphis can ensure democracy is strong during COVID-19 outbreak
Commercial Appeal - March 19


Opinion: Virginia’s legislature is breaking down barriers to voting
WaPo - March 20


Voter purge battle could be headed to the Supreme Court
Lake Geneva Regional News - March 19

Madison to offer curbside voting
WKOW - March 19
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