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March 19, 2020
Nationwide drive to safeguard voting intensifies as coronavirus spreads (WaPo): “Elections officials and party leaders faced deepening dilemmas on Wednesday about how to carry out the most fundamental democratic exercise — voting — in the face of the spread of the novel coronavirus.”

Voting by Mail Is the Hot New Idea. Is There Time to Make It Work? (NY Times): “The coronavirus has left states rapidly searching for ways to protect democracy’s most sacred institution.”
Opinion: What our democracy needs now: Legislation that returns power to the American people (USA Today): Merkley and Udall: “The For the People Act represents a step to reclaim our government from  forces that have maintained power for the few and broken our politics.”

Opposition messaging: COMMENTARY: Exposing the myth of ‘voter suppression’ (

HBO film reveals major gaps in 2020 US election systems (Roll Call)
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Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might (The Nation): “There are lots of ways to prevent people from voting besides canceling the election, and the coronavirus provides the perfect excuse.” Delay or Hold Primaries: Can the 2020 Election Be Safeguarded Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Democracy Now): Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Amy Goodman on the state of our elections. Opinion: Ohio​ election delay threatens democracy, rule of law (USA Today): “The government's last-minute emergency act is poor protection for voters’ rights and a dangerous precedent”

Opinion: Yesterday’s Elections Were a Disgrace (Jacobin): “On Tuesday, despite urgent pleas from public health experts for postponement of the balloting, voters reported being forced into unsanitary environments and jumping through arduous hoops to vote. The culprit was the party that believes in science and voting rights.”

Audio: How is coronavirus affecting primaries? What about November’s general election? (KCRW)

Union of Concerned Scientists: States Need To Update Emergency Election Plans, Scientists Need To Step Up (CleanTechnica)

Ohio postpones Democratic primary, Florida workers a no-show (Bellefontaine Examiner)
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