Coronavirus Updates: Trump Halts U.S. Funding For World Health Organization

If your Democratic primary hasn’t happened yet, you might want to double-check the date.

The coronavirus outbreak has left the presidential primary calendar in a state of flux as government officials and party leaders attempt to balance health and safety concerns with the need to continue the electoral process.

Some states have rescheduled early spring primaries for May and June, while working to massively expand mail balloting. In other states, like Wisconsin and Ohio, elections turned into chaotic legal battles between those seeking to delay and those who wanted to stick to the original dates.

Sixteen states have delayed their primaries, and Puerto Rico has postponed indefinitely. Two states, Montana and Kansas, have kept their primary dates but switched to vote-by-mail only. Even now, the calendar is far from settled. There are 27 presidential nominating contests between now and the convention, and what seems like a safe date today could change in a few weeks.

The Democratic presidential race has ended, with Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out and endorsed the former vice president. But Sanders said his name will still be on the remaining ballots.

“While Vice President Biden will be the nominee, we must continue working to assemble as many delegates as possible at the Democratic convention, where we will be able to exert significant influence over the party platform,” Sanders said in his April 8 speech suspending his campaign. He endorsed Biden on April 13.

The COVID-19 outbreak also forced the Democratic National Committee to move the start of its national convention from July 13 to Aug. 17. (Republicans will hold their convention a week later in Charlotte, N.C.)

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Source : https://www.latimes.com/california/liveblog/coronavirus-live-updates-tuesday-april-14

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