Washington (CNN)Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order on Friday rescheduling the state’s primary election to June, joining six other states in postponing their primaries amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The right of citizens to elect their leaders in a free and open election is one of the cornerstones of America. In order to balance that right with the safety of county employees, poll workers and voters, delaying Indiana’s primary election is the right move as we continue to do all we can to protect Hoosiers’ health,” Holcomb said in a statement. Indiana’s election was moved from May 5 to June 2. Over the past week, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio postponed their primaries, citing public health concerns amid the pandemic. The governor’s office said the decision to move the primary date was supported by the state’s secretary of state and the Indiana Republican and Democratic party chairs. The four officials asked the Indiana Election Commission to allow voters the option to vote by mail in the primary election, allow county clerks to mail ballots through 12 days before the primary, confirm ballots marked May 5 will be valid, make medical professionals “eligible members of traveling boards to… Read full this story
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