Coronavirus complicates primary process as 3 states vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new coronavirus is keeping some voters and poll workers at home and hampering efforts to open some polling sites as three states held Democratic presidential primary contests amid a global pandemic.

Leaders in Ohio called off their primary on Tuesday just hours before polls were set to open as the federal government urged Americans not to gather in groups of 10 or more and asked older people to stay home.

The move was so unprecedented that the chairman of the Democratic Party, Tom Perez, urged states to expand vote-by-mail, absentee balloting and polling station hours in an effort to keep the coronavirus from further disrupting the party’s presidential nominating process.

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