Note: this piece was originally published in NBC News, and features a quote by Checks & Balances member Trevor Potter.
State officials nationwide are scrambling to adjust to stay-at-home and social distancing orders as they plan the 2020 voting calendar, and many experts warn that the pandemic threatens to be highly disruptive to this year’s elections.
“There’s a real possibility that people will be afraid to vote on Election Day and won’t have alternatives,” said Trevor Potter, a former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission who now heads the Campaign Legal Center in Washington. “That’s just unacceptable for the world’s leading democracy.”
Fourteen states and Puerto Rico have already postponed their primary elections or caucuses for choosing presidential candidates.