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Coronavirus May Disrupt the 2020 Election. We Need a Plan

Added 02-24-20 02:06:02pm EST - “Quarantines and fear could decimate voter turnout. Congress needs to fund mail-in ballots nationwide now.” - Wired.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Wired.com: “Coronavirus May Disrupt the 2020 Election. We Need a Plan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Quarantines and fear could decimate voter turnout. Congress needs to fund mail-in ballots nationwide now.

Imagine it's Election Day 2020, but with a dark twist: As millions leave their homes and stand in long lines at crowded polling stations, officials urge them to don protective masks and gloves, and to bring their own ballot-marking pencils to the polls so they don't have to share writing utensils with strangers. And as the polls close at night, reports emerge that turnout has reached historic lows, from a mix of voter apathy and fears of catching the deadly new virus that's been spreading silently and closing schools and houses of worship in major cities across the country.

Jon Stokes (@jonst0kes) is deputy editor of ThePrepared.com, and is a former WIRED editor and one of the founders of Ars Technica.

This scene isn't a prediction of what might happen in some dystopian future. It’s what just unfolded in Iran, where elections proceeded on Friday in the face of a growing Covid-19 outbreak that the country is struggling to contain. Some reports put turnout in Tehran at 40 percent, down from over 60 percent four years ago. Many voters headed to the polls wearing face masks.

The Iranian elections should serve as a warning to Americans of what could happen here in November, should the coronavirus gain a foothold on our soil. Unfortunately, an American outbreak looks more likely by the day.

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