Election officials: Tuesday primaries on despite virus fears

A man votes in a runoff election in Lee County, Alabama. Election officials in four states holding primaries next week say they won't postpone voting amid wide disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: WALB)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Elections officials in the four states holding presidential primaries next week say they have no plans to postpone voting amid widespread disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona will hold their presidential primaries on March 17. They say they are confident voters will be able to safely cast their ballots on Tuesday.

They have been scrambling to recruit replacements for poll workers who are dropping out over fears of contracting the virus, providing cotton swabs for voters to use on touchscreen machines and extending absentee voting deadlines.

Two states, Georgia and Louisiana, announced plans to postpone their primaries, which were scheduled for March 24 and early April, respectively.

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