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Trump casts a 'very secure vote' for himself in Florida: 2020 election updates
"I voted for a guy named Trump," the president said.Trump cast his ballot at the West Palm Beach library near his private Mar-a-Lago club. The president told reporters after leaving the library it was "an honor" to be voting and that he cast a "very secure vote.
WASHINGTON — For months, public health officials have dreaded the prospect of millions of people voting in person as the coronavirus pandemic rages. President Trump’s baseless attacks on voting by mail, as well as his refusal to earnestly advocate for measures like mask wearing, have only made the situation more fraught. The presidential election looms just over a week away. The coronavirus, meanwhile, is
And yet voting can be conducted safely, provided that the proper precautions are taken. States that held congressional primaries in September, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Delaware, did not appear to see significant case increases, despite record turnout.
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The key factors in keeping people safe? The same ones that public health officials have been stressing for months: social distancing combined with the wearing of face masks and cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Though these would not seem to be controversial measures, Trump has routinely maligned them, casting the scientific establishment as firmly behind his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“He’ll listen to the scientists,” Trumpof Biden, warning that he would lock the nation down again. Though the president says the virus is on the wane, the numbers indicate otherwise, with the nation recording more than 80,000 new infections last Friday, r since the pandemic began.
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Yet as far as voting goes, the same scientists Trump is convinced are his opponents, have not warned against voting in person, even as they have cautioned against other activities, such as congregating at indoor restaurants or hosting large gatherings for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
“If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force,of voting in person.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that both poll workers and voters are following Fauci’s advice. The study, published on Friday, looks at how Delaware conducted a primary election on Sept. 15. It did so, the study found, with a high degree of compliance with the measures Fauci and others have advocated. Those same measures appear to have been also widely followed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, though those states were not part of the CDC study.
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Delaware state health officials confirmed to Yahoo News that the Sept. 15 congressional primary was not a source of viral spread. “While Delaware experienced increases in cases prior to and following the primary elections, none were directly attributed to the primary,” state medical director Dr. Rick Hong told Yahoo News in an email. He called the state’s “widespread use of infection control measures” during the primary “encouraging.”
After the election took place, state and federal public health officials interviewed 522 poll workers about their experience.
The study found that “mitigation measures recommended for both poll workers and voters were widely adopted and feasible, but also highlighted gaps in infection prevention control efforts.”
While 98 percent of the poll workers said that “masks were worn by most voters,” some saw people wearing masks incorrectly, which made them ineffective as tools to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The researchers called for “further messaging on proper mask use.”
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Eighty-eight percent of responding poll workers said that booths were spread more than 6 feet apart, though fewer than 10 percent witnessed “physical barriers, such as plexiglass shields, at registration desks and between voting booths.” Such barriers have become commonplaces in stores, restaurants and schools.
The 177,529 people who voted on Sept. 15 in Delaware represented a near doubling of voters from 2016. The average incubation period for the coronavirus is five days, but case counts did not spike in the days and weeks since. On the day of the election, there were 200 new cases. On Sept. 30, two weeks after the primary, there were 80 new cases in Delaware.
Just days before the CDC study came out, state officials said thatwhen it came to voting.
“Masks are strongly encouraged at polling places,” Gov. John Carney’s communications director Jonathan Starkey told Yahoo News. “From a public health perspective, everyone should wear them. That’s just common sense during a pandemic. There are legal challenges with requiring a mask to vote. But the rules have not changed from the primary.”
The state’s elections commissioner, Anthony Albence, said he agreed completely with that assessment.
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Like many states, Delaware is currently seeing a rise in coronavirus infections. Carneythat rise on college students.
Massachusetts hosted a primary on Sept. 1. The closely watched election saw Sen. Edward Markey successfully defend his seat against Rep. Joe Kennedy. There were also several House races.
Massachusetts residents arebecause of the virus, a concession some governors have declined to make. There is not a mask requirement for voting, but the state has some of the highest compliance rates in the nation. That fact, combined with the large share of people voting by mail, kept the Sept. 1 primary from leading to a significant rise in cases.
However, there has been a more recent increase in cases in Massachusetts, part of a nationwide trend that worries public health officials.
New Hampshire held aa week later, on Sept. 8. Voters there, as in Massachusetts, were able to mail their ballots, though that process has been described by voting rights advocates as having been made needlessly .
Though residents of New Hampshire are slightly less likely to wear masks in general than the residents of either Delaware or Massachusetts, they are still among the most likely to follow that guidance in the nation. Cases in New Hampshire did spike in early October, but since the vast majority of people experience symptoms two weeks after contracting the coronavirus, the Sept. 8 primary could not have accounted for that increase.
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Although millions have already voted by mail or in person, a surge of in-person voters is expected on Nov. 3. Public health officials will be watching states like Mississippi, South Carolina and Georgia, where there is low compliance with mask wearing and relatively high barriers to voting by mail. The combination could prove troublesome.
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