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March 18, 2020
Ohio Shows Why We Need Voting Reform (Rolling Stone): “Why the haphazard suspension of the Buckeye State’s primary elections to protect against the coronavirus should be a warning to us all” An Urgent Call to Make Voting Simpler and Fairer: “The Safest Way to Vote Is From Your Home” (Mother Jones): “Mother Jones’ voting rights reporter Ari Berman explains how states can ensure fair elections amid the coronavirus outbreak.”

Why vote-by-mail may not save our elections from the virus’ disruption (Politico): “Two lawmakers have proposed expanding mail-in voting to address health concerns. But that would inject new risks into an already unsettled election.”

Blocked From The Ballot: Meet Jack Vaile, Who Has Cerebral Palsy (NPR): “Most Americans earn the right to vote at 18. But Jack Vaile, who has cerebral palsy, was stripped of his right to vote at 18, when his father, Lou, became his guardian and conservator under California state law.”

Opinion: Voting Rights for Felons?  Thanks, But No Thanks (Crime Report): “I was ineligible to participate in this month’s Washington state primary, which took place on March 10, because I am a convicted felon who is fresh out of the penitentiary. But to be frank, I wasn’t concerned.  I can care less about voting.”

Election Security: How To Improve The Safety And Accountability Of Online Voting (Forbes)

Opinion: Want to drive voter turnout in 2020? Stop arresting people (The Appeal)
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2020 Democratic Primary Election: Voting Postponed in 5 States Because of Virus (NY Times): “Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio have pushed back their primary elections. Here are the latest updates on changes to the 2020 presidential race.”

Switching remaining primaries to vote-by-mail not so easy (Associated Press): “The head of the Democratic National Committee and several voting rights groups are calling on states to mail ballots to all voters to keep remaining primaries running as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping millions of Americans at home.”

Are Voters ‘Essential Personnel’ During a Pandemic? (NY Times): “Is an election — that grand replenishing of government, where the supply shelves can feel bare — absolutely necessary under these conditions?”

Could Trump delay the November election? Not without risking forfeit to a Democrat (LA Times)

Shuttered polling places and a dearth of cleaning supplies: Voters confront pandemic-fueled confusion at the polls (WaPo)

Federal agency allows states to use election security funds for cleaning supplies to fight coronavirus (The Hill)

Coronavirus exposes absurdity of vote by mail restrictions in US (The Guardian)

Coronavirus chaos at the polls as primaries proceed in 3 of 4 states (The Fulcrum)

Opinion: Election protection in the coronavirus era: All Americans should vote by mail in fall 2020 (USA Today)

Can Trump Use Coronavirus to Delay 2020 Election? (Heritage Foundation)


Despite COVID-19, poll officials report steady turnout, smooth voting
Arizona PBS - March 17


Palm Beach County voters deal with closed polls, late openings, broken machines, long lines
The Palm Beach Post - March 17


The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Made Voting In Illinois Today A Full Mess
BuzzFeed News - March 17

Illinois Stumbles as States See Light Voter Turnout, With Many Ballots in the Mail
New York Times - March 17


Maryland postpones primary, shifts special election to mail voting over coronavirus
Politico - March 17


Voters showed up at closed Ohio polling places while Dems sue over delay of primary election
Daily News - March 17
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