It is time to delay Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.

I do not say that lightly. It would create chaos and confusion. Yet the chaos and confusion of running the election during the coronavirus national emergency — without the ability of all voters to mail in a ballot — could be much starker.

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Voters in Arizona, Florida and Illinois are about to head to the polls in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and national crisis. Ohio was able to postpone its primary. The governor announced Monday that the state cannot conduct in-person elections that meet Centers for Disease Control guidelines. (He sought a judicial order to postpone the vote, but Monday night a judge denied his request. Later that night, the state health director declared a health emergency and ordered the polls closed. Early Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court allowed the state to postpone the vote.) Meanwhile, all four states have been scrambling to run the election during this crisis.

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