Voters in eight states and the District of Columbia continue to protest the deadly coronavirus epidemic on Tuesday and throughout the country in connection with George Floyd’s death while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Four states – Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – have held their presidential primaries Tuesday after postponing early April or early May due to health concerns related to the Corona virus outbreak.
Like many states, Pennsylvania has seen the number of people wanting to receive postal votes, and on Monday the state’s Tom Wolf extended the deadline for receiving them in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and many other counties.
“We think we’re ready,” Pennsylvania Democratic Party chair Nancy Patton Mills told the Associated Press.
“Thank you. We have the opportunity to do this in the first place, because we don’t know where we will be with the epidemic in November.”
Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, will be formally nominated if he wins 89 percent of the delegates on Tuesday.
The former vice-president, who was shot in front of the Democratic Party following a strong showing at the Super Tuesdays in March, needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination.
Biden has 1,550 delegates and has 479.
Sen in Vermont in April. Bernie Sanders is the only Democrat in Biden since he quit the race.
Sanders, who backed Biden’s candidacy, urged his supporters to return to the former home, not actively campaigning.
But he still hopes to gather delegates, so he can use them as a bargaining chip to push his progressive policies at the August Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
“People who support Bernie Sanders and his agenda should vote for Bernie Sanders who wants to increase the influence of progressives at the conference,” senior adviser Jeff Weaver told the AP.
President Trump has not been the primary Republican challenger since former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld stepped down in March.
Once the president’s decision is over, the under-ballot and the race for the House and Senate will be key.
In addition to weighing on which candidate to vote for, voters must consider the health risks of voting during epidemics and guide the curfews enacted following the protests that have become violent in many cities.
In Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser will allow voters to stay out after 7 p.m. Curfew so they can go to polling places open until 8 pm.
The same applies to Philadelphia, where voters can go to the polls at 6 p.m. Curfew.
Other states that primarily hold on Tuesday include Iowa, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota.
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