2020 Ohio Democratic Primary; Close or Open?
Are 2020 Ohio Democratic Primary closed due to the US Coronavirus outbreak? Several states have changed their primary election plans following coronavirus spreading across the United States.but what about Ohio state?
Officials in the United States have reduced many activities of American life to combat the US coronavirus outbreak in new days, with health officials advising that groups of 50 or more do not gather in one place.
The 2020 Deprimary election has been underway for more than a month, and three more states vote Tuesday. Despite the Coronavirus crisis, Arizona, Florida, and Illinois have not canceled or pushed back their primaries.
However, the fourth state, Ohio, was set to vote Tuesday, has since requested to push back their in-person voting date.
Actually Ohio’s governor had sought a legal order to postpone the 2020 Ohio democratic primary, nonetheless, Monday night a judge rejected his request.
This mistake can endanger poll workers, voters, and our democracy. Meanwhile, all four states are scheduled to hold primaries on Tuesday, March 17, including Illinois, Florida, Arizona, and Ohio even throughout this crisis.
Will 2020 Ohio Democratic Primary be held?
Also, Louisiana will be moving its April 4 primary to June 20, and Georgia is postponing its March 24 in-person primary to May 19.
By postponing their primaries to late June, Louisiana and Kentucky risk losing some of their delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in July. The Democratic Party’s rules state that all primaries or caucuses must take place before June 9 and all delegates must be elected by June 20.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared late Monday night that 2020 Ohio Democratic Primary will be closed in the state on Tuesday as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m aware that this will impact many, many good workers,” Governor Mike DeWine wrote on Twitter. “I can’t tell you how sorry I am, but we will work to mitigate the suffering. It is our goal for everyone to get through this.
“We’ve made dramatic interventions to make a difference [and] stop our healthcare system from imploding”, DeWine added.
DeWine requested for changing Ohio primary election
The order came from Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, who declared she was ordering “the polling locations in the State of Ohio closed on March 17” in order to “avoid the imminent threat with a high probability of widespread exposure to COVID-19 with a significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of the people in the general population, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and chronic medical conditions.”Acton stated.
The order “shall take effect immediately and remain in full force and effect until the State of Emergency declared by the governor no longer exists” or she modifies the order. The late-night change is the latest turn in a confusing saga that played out hours before voters were set to go to the polls in Ohio, and it highlights the depth to which election officials are struggling to balance protecting the public and allowing them to cast ballots.
DeWine earlier on Monday requested a court to move the primary election to June amid the pandemic, only to be denied by a judge later in the day.
It’s not obvious whether the order to close the polls as a health emergency will violate the court’s ruling.”During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus,” DeWine stated in the statement declaring the latest change. “As such, Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency.
While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”
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