Governors and municipalities were afraid people would be forced to choose between voting and their health by participating in the Tuesday election. For some places, the polling places were sparse and sanitizer was available for anyone. But one Illinois precinct had a line several blocks long.
Hannah Meisel wrote about polls at a police station in Chicago’s 44th ward.
"At least they're waiting outside," she noted, showing the dozens of people not shoved together in a single room.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement, “logistically, under these extraordinary circumstances, it simply isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans.”
I believe when we look back on this, we'll be happy we did this. The votes that have already been cast will still b… https://t.co/XgEzvPAXK4— Governor Mike DeWine (@Governor Mike DeWine)1584385469.0
The courts disagreed, saying the election would go on as planned. As a result, the polls have shown a considerable dropoff from earlier primary states before the coronavirus began to spread.
See Meisel's video below:
I feel like I’m just adding the the cacophony of anecdotes, but here’s a video of the line at the polling place at… https://t.co/vnzX5otHAi— Hannah Meisel (@Hannah Meisel)1584469287.0