PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s top officials tried Monday to reassure voters that Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary will be safe despite the unprecedented cloud of a global pandemic and pleas by public health officials to avoid unnecessary social interactions. Officials say they won’t cancel the election but are scrambling to adjust as polling places dwindle, poll workers back out and voters worry about staying healthy. A bevy of last-minute changes and the potential for a shortage of workers leaves the possibility of a chaotic Election Day “Our democracy has risen to challenges in the past, and it must continue to do so,” Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a news conference Monday alongside Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Despite federal health guidance to avoid crowds of more than 10 people, Hobbs said she decided not to seek a delay in the election in consultation with election officials across the state, health experts and Democratic Party leaders. Changing the date would likely have required legislative action. There’s no guarantee that there would be a safer date to hold an election, she said. Voting would be quick with only one thing on the ballot, she said. Only registered Democrats are eligible to… Read full this story
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