Wisconsin is a warning. Today, the state’s voters are headed to the polls despite local and federal health guidelines about remaining in place. A last-minute tussle over mail-in ballots ended in a Supreme Court decision that overturned a proposal to give residents an extra week to vote by post.
“If serious, systematic problems with voting by mail existed, they would have already presented in Washington, Oregon, and California, where the option is available to a combined 50 million residents,” Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr., who teaches at the University of Alabama School of Law, argues.
And “it’s potentially more valuable than routine campaigning,” our White House reporter Peter Nicholas writes. “As the election approaches, he may be more and more tempted to use it for his own purposes.”
One question, answered: Why does the president keep pushing a malaria drug as a remedy for COVID-19?
The controversy appears to have started two weeks ago, when French doctors “published a provocative observation in a microbiology journal,” our health staff writer James Hamblin reports. Though the medical community is clear that clinical trials are needed before anything can be said about the safety and effectiveness of the drug in treating coronavirus cases, Trump is actively encouraging people to take it.