November’s Election Could Strain Mechanics Of Democracy To The Breaking Point
During a pandemic, Election Day efficiency is all about poll workers: without enough poll workers, there won’t be enough polling places. Like almost every other city in the United States, it was clear that DC was going to lose a huge percentage of its poll workers in the primaries, because they skew older and are at higher risk for COVD-19. Those losses materialized as expected.
Where Things Stand: Steve King’s Fate
This is your TPM early-afternoon briefing.
There’s a lot to digest already this afternoon, but here’s a friendly reminder that while the nation is grappling with social and racial unrest, all while still in the very real throngs of a global pandemic, 2020 elections are still happening.
WI Dems Acted Quickly To Spur Voter Turnout In April. Can They Maintain That Momentum This Fall?
If the Wisconsin Democratic Party truly can learn and adapt on the fly, as it seems to have done in April, it could be a game-changer for the state and even the country.
Elections During A Crisis: Vote-By-Mail Is One Of Several Solutions
States should modify election procedures as necessary to deal with the rise of COVID 19. Having a diversity of avenues for voting in person, absentee, curbside, on site at hospitals and other such facilities enhances the stability of the system, maximizing the likelihood that elections may continue despite whatever unexpected threat emerges.