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March 25, 2020
Republicans falsely claim that voting by mail is fraud (The American Independent): “With the 2020 elections already being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, congressional Democrats are pushing to allow all American voters the option of casting their votes by mail. Donald Trump and his supporters are responding by pushing a baseless conspiracy theory that this is ‘voter fraud.’ “ Will COVID-19 force a massive absentee vote in November election? (Politifact): “This has raised an urgent question: Could the pandemic still be dangerous enough in November that the general election will have to be held mostly or entirely by mail?” Fight To Vote: Florida man’s voting rights restored by Amendment 4 (SPLC)
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Local elections officials scramble as they hemorrhage Election Day workers amid COVID-19 pandemic ( “Roughly half of Madison poll workers have vowed not to show up on Election Day, which in a worst-case scenario could leave some area voters completely without a polling place, as the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the upcoming spring election.”

Pennsylvania House unanimously backs proposal to delay the 2020 primary due to the coronavirus (The Philadelphia Inquirer): “The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan proposal to postpone the 2020 primary by five weeks, until June 2, and allow counties to consolidate polling places amid concerns about the rapidly spreading coronavirus.”

Opinion: Will the coronavirus bring voting into the 21st century? (City & State New York): “NY wouldn’t have to postpone elections if we could all vote online.”

City of Green Bay sues state officials to delay spring election and move it to mail over coronavirus concerns (Green Bay Press Gazette)

Georgia to mail absentee ballot request forms to all active voters
AJC - March 24

New York

Should New York postpone its presidential primary vote amid the coronavirus outbreak?
WRGB - March 24


Nevada to conduct its June primaries via mail-in ballots due to coronavirus
Las Vegas Sun - March 24

North Carolina

Court of Appeals denies legislative request for voter ID hearing with all judges
NC Policy Watch - March 25

North Carolina Voter ID ruling remains as appeals court nixes rehearing
The Dispatch - March 25

Voting During a Pandemic: NC Election Leaders Look to November
Spectrum News - March 24


Editorial: If only we had more voting by mail in Texas
Austin American Statesman - March 24


Pressure mounts on Evers to delay Wisconsin spring election
WTMJ - March 23

‘1st time I’ve been out of the house:’ Voters cast ballots in drive-through in Richfield amid COVID-19
FOX 6 - March 24
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