Traditional polling places could be hazardous during a time when people are supposed to keep their distance from one another. But one expert says many states won’t be able to swiftly transition to mail-in systems.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York orders all non-essential businesses to close and workers to stay home, the day after California imposed "shelter in place" across the state ... Florida counties closing beaches, while governor resists issuing order ... Wastewater administrators ask people to stop flushing wipes.
COMMENTARY | Cities are rapidly sharing ideas to identify which actions work best to protect residents hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Minnesota and Vermont declared some food workers "essential personnel," giving them access to child care during working hours.
Faced with an expected shortage of hospital beds, state and local officials believe one solution could be found on college campuses.
COMMENTARY | State and local shutdown orders shouldn’t exempt religious gatherings, and those communities should comply.
State and local governments are holding virtual meetings to slow the spread of Covid-19 and trying to find ways to continue public participation.
The bureau is postponing some mobile help sessions with the 2020 census questionnaire.
Growing numbers of cities and states are pausing evictions to help workers who've lost income during the coronavirus outbreak.
COMMENTARY | Physically isolating yourself can feel psychologically isolating too. But there are ways to maintain connections in these crazy coronavirus times.
After a judge denied Ohio’s request to postpone the state’s primary elections, the governor announced an emergency order to close polls on Tuesday. Arizona, Florida and Illinois are taking extra precautions to keep voters safe at the polls amid the coronavirus outbreak.
COMMENTARY | Governors across the United States have taken a proactive, hands-on response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Association of Attorneys General has set up a website for consumers to file complaints with each state attorney general’s office.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Judge rules South Carolina ban on LGBTQ sex education unconstitutional … Florida may preempt local sunscreen bans … D.C. bans ‘ghost guns.’
COMMENTARY | Too often, that perfect candidate just disappears.
The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation early Saturday morning, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi negotiated with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The move will make the state the first in the nation to delay elections as a result of the outbreak.
As a result of government warnings and general fears, tourism and travel are expected to plunge in the coming weeks and months, particularly on cruise ships.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Washington legislature approves expanded tax exemptions for tribes … Pharmacists in Florida will be able to treat the flu … Mobile barbershops made legal in Iowa.
COMMENTARY | The Supreme Court will soon hear two cases that could upend the entire Electoral College system just months before voters go to the polls.
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