Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) postponed his state’s presidential primary for a second time due to the coronavirus pandemic, moving the race back to July.
Louisiana’s primary had originally been scheduled for April 4 before Edwards pushed the race back to June 20. Edwards said in a statement Tuesday he was now moving the primary to July 11 at the request of Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R).
Edwards is also moving municipal elections previously postponed to July 25 back to August 15.
Ardoin is asking lawmakers to approve emergency procedures for the election, state Rep. Stephen Dwight (R) told The Associated Press, including expanding early voting and allowing mail-in ballots for people who have exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. The House and Senate elections oversight committees will consider the request Wednesday.
Louisiana has had more than 21,000 confirmed coronavirus cases since the outbreak began, and more than 2,000 people have died in the state.
More than a dozen states have postponed their primaries amid the coronavirus pandemic and guidance from federal health officials that people avoid large gatherings, such as waiting at polling stations.
The remaining contests are unlikely to change the course of the race, however, as Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE has all but locked up the 2020 nomination after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema White House to make 400 million N95 masks available for free MORE (I-Vt.) dropped out of the race and threw his support behind the former vice president.