Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a functional democracy is vital more than ever. Voters should not need to choose between casting their ballot and protecting their health. State and local election officials need to work now to ensure voters can do both. There’s no question that how we vote will change while we are under the cloud of COVID-19, but problems and emergencies arise in all circumstances. Now more than ever, voters, poll workers, and officials are faced with the question: What’s our plan? Creating stability and confidence in our elections is not a partisan issue. The Arizona Legislature, Gov. Doug Ducey, and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs must take political gamesmanship out of the equation by agreeing to nonpolitical, written standards that set out specific and objective criteria for modifying elections when emergencies hit.
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