— Yashar Ali ?? (@yashar) March 15, 2020
We are all cats now. https://t.co/d2WdsT3tHR
— Amos Posner (@AmosPosner) March 15, 2020
Not everybody can stay home, and we owe a big debt of gratitude to health professionals, transit and airport workers, first responders, and everyone keeping our communities going. Leaders have to step up to support people whose lives and livelihoods take a hit in the weeks ahead.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2020
“If you need to be right before you move, you will never win.” https://t.co/s0JTLr5M1N
— Bear Braumoeller (@Prof_BearB) March 15, 2020
Meanwhile, time to start gearing up for a national vote-by-mail this November! Per the Washington Post, “Intensifying coronavirus fears rattle voters and elections officials in advance of Tuesday primaries”:
… In Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio, election officials have raced to replace poll workers who have said they will not show Tuesday, supply thousands of precincts with sanitizing supplies, and notify voters whose polling locations, many in senior facilities, have been moved as a result of the pandemic.
Voters, meanwhile, have flooded information hotlines. Among their urgent questions: where to vote, how to deliver a ballot if they are under quarantine and how to vote if they registered while attending a college that is now closed.
As the coronavirus spreads, the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico announced Sunday that it would seek to postpone the territory’s March 29 primaries, joining Louisiana and Georgia. One New York election official said Sunday that discussions are underway about whether to delay that state’s contests.
The rapidly changing landscape left officials worried about the threat of two equally dire outcomes Tuesday: chaos at voting places, with diminished staffs causing long lines and increasing the risk of exposure to the deadly virus; or low turnout levels fueled by public fear…
The GOP almost certainly can’t cancel the election, much as they would like to — but depressing turnout is very much in their favor. They can’t figure out how to minimize the risk of thousands of their constituents dying during the current pandemic, but when it comes to voter suppression, they’re tested professionals.
— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) March 14, 2020