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Source: One America News Network

FILE – Ballots are processed at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:17 AM PT — Monday, March 30, 2020

State officials are making moves to protect the integrity of voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

States across the country have been reporting low voter turnout in this year’s presidential primaries compared to prior years. They have pointed to citizens’ concerns with catching the contagious COVID-19 while gathering at poll centers as the reason for the lower numbers.

With American’s health on the mind, at least 14 states have delayed their primary election dates to when the virus is expected to let up. In addition to postponing their primaries, several states are also promoting plans making it easier to vote at a distance from others.

In Ohio, proposals are being discussed that would implement “postage paid vote by mail” as well as limit in-person voting to people who require it.

“The next steps are going to be the Boards of Elections are going to start accepting absentee ballot requests, mailing those out, that’s my direction