State elections chief monitoring coronavirus situation as primary nears

HELENA – Secretary of State Corey Stapleton said earlier this week he was taking a “deliberate pause” before giving direction on the June 2 primary election as concerns increase about the coronavirus.

“There’s been a lot of interest, a lot of questions about how the newly touched-down coronavirus could affect our elections,” he said in a video posted online Tuesday.

“Some have asked if we should cancel the primary, some have asked if we should postpone the primary until later in the summer. Some have asked if we should close all the polling locations or require people to vote through the U.S. postal service.”