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Poll: Voters say it's unsafe to hold primary elections amid coronavirus outbreak

Added 03-30-20 01:57:01pm EST - “A strong majority of voters say they don't believe it's safe to hold primary elections right now because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new poll.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Poll: Voters say it's unsafe to hold primary elections amid coronavirus outbreak”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A strong majority of voters say they don’t believe it’s safe to hold primary elections right now because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new poll.

The latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll found that 57 percent of voters said that holding primary elections risks exposing too many people to the virus.

Sixty percent said that if their state held a primary election this week, the risk of exposure would factor into their decision of whether or not to vote.

The pandemic has disrupted the Democratic presidential primary at a time when former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Unions urge Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against Defense Production Act MORE has opened up a substantial lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden could be picking the next president: VP choice more important than ever Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.) in the race to the nomination.

However, the elections must be completed and delegates must be allocated at state conventions before the national convention in July. The Democratic National Committee has urged states not to postpone their primaries, but rather to use absentee and mail-in alternatives, or to increase polling places and hours of operation to cut down on crowds.

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