US President Donald Trump said Monday that it is “unnecessary” to postpone the partisan primary elections for the coronavirus, while a third state, Kentucky, announced that it postponed its vote scheduled in May, and the doubts about the elections weighed. Tuesday in Ohio.
“I would leave that to the states, it is something important to postpone an election (…) but I think that postponing is unnecessary,” Trump said at a press conference at the White House. “I hope they do it very safely,” he added.
Soon after, the Kentucky secretary of state, responsible for organizing elections in that central state, announced the postponement of the primaries, originally scheduled for May 19, until June 23.RELATED
“There may be other changes, but it is a first step to save time and protect our citizens as best as possible,” said Republican Michael Adams, saying that the Democratic governor of Kentucky also supported this “difficult decision,” he said.
Earlier, Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had announced on Twitter that he advised postponing primaries scheduled for Tuesday in his state “until June 2, 2020.”
Since he does not have the power to make that decision unilaterally, he said that he would file a judicial remedy to do so.
“Meanwhile, voters will still be able to request absentee ballots. It will be up to a judge to decide whether the election will be postponed, ”he tweeted.
If a judge allows DeWine to postpone the vote, Ohio will become the fourth state to delay its primary election. Prior to the Kentucky decision, Louisiana took its vote from April 4 to June 20 and Georgia from March 24 to May 19.
So far, authorities in the four states that will vote Tuesday – Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio – keep the voting date.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States exceeded 4,200 on Monday, including more than 70 deaths.
The electoral marathon in the United States, which began in early February with a view to the presidential elections in November, has been overshadowed by the pandemic, which has prevented campaign actions before large crowds to minimize the risk of the disease spreading.
The partisan inmates decide who will be the presidential candidates for the elections on November 3. In the case of the Republican Party there is no suspense because it is taken for granted that Trump will be the candidate.
In the Democratic Party, the race has turned into a duel between favorite Joe Biden, ex-vice president of Barack Obama, a 77-year-old moderate, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 78-year-old leftist.
A third contender, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 38, is last by far in the polls and unlikely to excel.