We’re not going to know who is the president in November. ‘These are the disturbing scenarios poll workers

We’re not going to know who is the president in November. ‘These are the disturbing scenarios poll workers

Foreign Minister Kim Wyman Washington is concerned. In their state of counting cards generally it brings back election officials to shoulder work, sometimes hundreds in a room. It is a scene that is almost unimaginable in the era of the crown. Treatment Centers by means of Plexiglas between workstations So Washington is working on safety measures to expand into space. Health and hygiene is just the beginning. While Washington all elections are conducted by mail, other states are less equipped or experienced in managing large amounts of e-mail or absentee ballot this year operation due to the pandemic. States already like Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Georgia have seen delayed the results and voter disenfranchisement relationships due to a rapid expansion of postal voting. “I am concerned at the national level, you will have this crush of mail-in card that comes across the country on election day, the volume is going to engulf elections officials, and will be able not physically get through the days for processing or weeks, “says Wyman, a Republican. “We do not know who until November is the president.” Since March Committee, the National Association of Secretaries of state elections, has information on the weekly exchange called to prepare an unprecedented choice. There are hundreds (thousands!) Ways election can go wrong in any case, but the crown pandemic has complicated preparations. It is not just the voting insertion order business, which is like Wyman worrying officials. The pandemic has brought a new set of problems, to determine whether the Crown has a valid reason can quote voters to vote by correspondence guarantee recruit poll workers, the demand is sufficient funds to make the necessary changes. Nothing less is at stake than the integrity of US elections and voter confidence in the process. And it’s a race against time for States to pull out. “You asked me what I keep in the night,” says Wyman. “That’s all.” TIME interviewed nine secretaries of state of both parties. Here are their major concerns: will be judged crown a valid reason to request an absentee ballot for the parliamentary elections? About a third of the states require that voters provide an excuse absentee ballot applications for your interest. When it became clear that the crown would affect primary contests, election officials in these countries have had to determine whether COVID-19 was a valid medical excuse. The answer, in all states but Texas and Mississippi, was yes. States like Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana and changes as postal ballot open to all voters or drop the question of the absentee ballot. But none of this adjustment necessarily extend to the general elections. In West Virginia, another state that requires you to get a postal vote a reason, clerk processes the applications voting by correspondence and mail to those who are eligible. “We’re always asked that all the time,” said West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, a Republican. “I think it’s a reasonable, rational reason, and I suspect that the writer who accept as a reason to send their absentee ballot.” But Warner to make plans with district officials, now that the primary is over, he acknowledged that not a permanent answer. In Alabama, Secretary of State John Merrill, chairman of the Republican State Secretaries Committee, says he is “definitely not” sure is that voters will again be able to physical illness or infirmity carton to ensure their application voting by mail by COVID-19 concerns the way they are for the ballot on July 14, in a position of “we do not know what will happen in November. and we want not to go and guidelines for a specific period, which has” yet, Merrill says. Several other secretaries of state both sides stressed the importance of early preparations and notes that the delays could result in the planning chaos. We will vote personified options ready? election officials are worried that recruit poll workers, many of whom are elderly, in order to place in a high-risk group for the crown. States will draw creative approaches to substitutes such as students from high schools National Honor Society needs to recruit hours of community service. Not willing to work during a pandemic with enough election workers has already proven to be pitfall in states like Georgia and Wisconsin, whose primary feature long queues and survey sites that have been forced to close. (Problems of Georgia were partly caused by new voting machines.) The states are also taken care of personal protective equipment mounting for election officials, masks for hand sanitizers. Maine, for example, tested for pens for voters buy to eliminate yet another surface must disinfect them, be aware of the Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. In California, the governor sent to all registered voters be Mailed ballot for the general election. But Foreign Minister Alex Padilla also stressed the importance of voting adequate voting in-person options for those who are not in a starting position or post. “There will clearly focus will vote by mail, voting by mail, postal voting. But not vote [in] to post only choice,” said Padilla. “We are committed to in-person options for voters, they need whether it’s accessibility is out, perhaps need language assistance, replacement cards, that may be necessary, or continue recording on the same day to allow that we have in California. “there is enough money to implement the necessary measures? Much of the preparation of selection is set by federal funds from care Act, it passed a law Congress corona effect from the virus in March that $400 million will go to pay for States in their electoral processes. The bill requires Member States to some of them, some of the money to spend federal sector funds. Rustle up that money challenges for countries whose sales are craters. Wayne Thorley, deputy for the election in Nevada, said in an e-mail that does come with a significant hardship supplemental “funds, and we are not yet sure exactly how we will meet the game.” In a letter dated 2 April to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Paul Pate, the Republican Secretary of State of Iowa, he has outlined some of these concerns to the National Association of Secretaries of State account. But the TEMPO election officials say they are not sure exactly how it will be resolved the issue. And many secretaries of state believe that they need more money, needed to deduce the changes caused by the virus. “It would be very helpful if the federal government could give another round of Act money care, because we see that the pandemic and all its consequences in our society has touched so many other aspects, including our elections, and frankly we did not get anywhere anywhere near as much support for the elections, as we should have in the last round, “Kathy Boockvar, secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, said in an interview from his home Zoom. Boockvar said the extra money would go directly to counties that provide equipment and supplies. The Brennan Center estimates that Congress provided $4 billion in additional funds should make the necessary changes. “Given the scale of the challenge, great preparation, the support requested by the concerted support of the government and the public immediately in order to ensure that the 2020 elections are free, fair, accessible and safe,” the report said.
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