Here’s What you Get When you Mix a Rising Epidemic and the Elections Together – Disaster

by Vallari Gupte

Elections can be already tacky and disastrous. Throw in a rising epidemic into the already chaotic mix and you have a recipe for disaster. With growing concerns regarding the novel COVID-19, officials in Super Tuesday states were already issuing certain concerns proactively asking voters that it is completely safe to come out and vote. Millions of people are expected to cast in their votes in 14 states, including some of the states that the virus has already been incepted.

John Gardner, the assistant registrar for voters in Solano County, California quoted, that they have made provisions for an extra voting sector where the virus is suspected of being running rampant. The following provision will make sure that the voters don’t even have to get out of their cars in order to vote if they don’t want to.

“We haven’t received very many calls from voters, or word of poll workers declining to show up,” he says. “That’s a good sign.”

California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla said in a statement that his office was following with rigorous feedback from all public health alerts but at the moment there are no indications of any disruptions to California’s March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary. Throughout the country, elected officials have made nothing less to minor adjustments to the electoral procedure, which can be subdued as “minimalistic”.

Election director, Dave Bjerke, quoted that they have distributed sanitizers and disinfectant wipes at all polling sites and his office has even made sure that they have double-checked all supplies and even accounted for a surplus of a crowd.

“We have to be prepared for all of it,” he says. “I tell voters if they worry about these kinds of things, there’s always absentee voting,”  quoted Bjerke further making note that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2011 earthquake in Virginia both happened on election days.

President Trump who will attend a rally in Charlotte, N.C even made a statement saying that “It’s very safe, Yeah. I think it’s very safe.”

Vallari Gupte

I am a business and technology reporter who is intrigued by new innovations and ideas. My desire to bring the latest news in the tech and business world to people has prompted me to create a blog that centers on the challenges, advancements, and innovations in these sectors. I am currently workinRead more...