Some cash-strapped states turn to election security funds to fight COVID-19

“Election officials need to plan as though there are still going to be significant restrictions on how people move by November,” said Richard Hasen, an election law scholar at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s going be very hard to staff polling places, if there are remaining areas with social distancing. Machinery is going to have to be kept clean, and more employees are going to be required to do these kinds of things.” … “Many states are not well prepared for this,” Hasen said. “That’s a real problem because elections are like big ships: they take time to turn.”