State election officials scramble to ‘not become Wisconsin’ amid coronavirus fears
(CNN)President Donald Trump has drawn a line in the sand, opposing efforts to expand mail-in voting across the country in response to the threat of the novel coronavirus. But state election officials — including many Republicans — are already preparing to make stark changes to voting procedures anyway, in some cases dramatically expanding the availability of voting by mail amid the threat of Covid-19.Their objective is simple: avoid the chaos and confusion that unfolded in Wisconsin last week by radically changing the way many Americans vote.”I want to try to avoid circumstance of long waits and poll workers in hazmat suits. I want to relieve some of the pressure on the poll workers,” said Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a Republican. “The solution is to expand absentee voting.”Trump’s false claims that mail ballots are “very dangerous” and “fraudulent in many cases” have not stopped efforts, even in red states, to expand access to mail-in voting.Adams said that within the next two weeks, he plans to propose to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear a plan that would expand mail-in absentee voting access to any eligible voter in the state for Kentucky’s upcoming presidential primary on June 23 because of the coronavirus.