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Among the task force's recommendations: Make sure cleaning supplies are available at polling locations.

Experts offer guidebook on elections during Covid-19

The relatively new National Task Force on Election Crises has issued its concise but thorough guidance to states on how to plan for elections during the coronavirus outbreak.

The laundry list of recommendations includes steps to promote more mail-in voting, while also preparing for in-person voting by making sure cleaning supplies are available, and recruiting additional poll workers to replace those that may cancel because of health concerns.

The cross-partisan task force of more than 40 experts on election law, administration, security, and voting rights was created last year in anticipation of challenges, which at the time did not include a major national health crisis.

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Florida primary voters went to the polls on March 17. Two volunteers working in Hollywood that day have since tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lawsuits, easements and diagnoses: updates from the nexus of elections and coronavirus

Advocates for making the coronavirus pandemic the time for changing American voting habits are taking heart there won't be any polling places for three of the next four Democratic presidential contests.

Voting in Alaska and Hawaii will now join Wyoming's caucuses in being conducted entirely remotely, among the latest wave of changes in the world of elections during a historic public health emergency.

While several states moved to make voting easier, Wisconsin pressed ahead with plans for a traditional primary April 7 and has now been confronted by four federal lawsuits hoping to force changes. And Florida reported the first known cases of poll workers subsequently testing positive for coronavirus.

Here are the latest developments:

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Students move out of their dorm at the University of Michigan as schools across the country shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus threatens a long-anticipated surge in student voting

College students were once hailed as a crucial voting bloc in 2020, but their momentum may be halted by the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered campuses from coast to coast.

Registration drives, absentee ballot parties, political forums and new voter trainings are all on hold. Students are scrambling to chase down absentee ballot forms that were mailed to campuses but must now be forwarded to a home or other address. Newly designated campus polling places will stand empty for the remaining primaries, several of which have been delayed in any case. And students who return this fall will have little time to prepare for Election Day.

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