Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Saturday that in-person early voting, which began on 2 March, will be suspended and the election will be moved to 19 May. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States has topped 2,500, according to the latest federal data, APA reports citing Sputnik.
“Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families, and the community at large”, Raffensperger said, cited by the AJC media outlet.
Earlier, the US state of Louisiana postponed presidential primaries due to the Chinese coronavirus outbreak.
The states’ respective election chiefs said in a joint press release on Friday that the US states of Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio will go ahead with elections next Tuesday despite the mounting threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, election staffers will follow advice from voting machine manufacturers on how to sanitize machines that are repeatedly touched by voters.