Maricopa County considers spreading election over 2 weeks

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Posted at 8:52 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 23:52:42-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest county is considering holding up to two weeks of in-person voting in the August primary election to reduce the risk that the coronavirus will spread among people casting ballots.

Maricopa County election officials presented the proposal to the Board of Supervisors on Monday.

It calls for opening 75 to 100 "vote centers'' where any registered voter can cast a ballot during a 10-to-14-day period.

Vote centers would maintain social distancing and cleaning protocols, and voters would not be tied to a neighborhood polling location.

About eight in 10 voters already cast ballots by mail, and the county also plans an advertising campaign to let the remaining voters know how to request a mail ballot.