A new memo from the Democratic National Committee panel that handles delegate selection for the presidential nomination warns that states that hastily change the “first determining step” of their own process could be subject to penalties – including a 50% reduction in delegates – if they hold primaries after a June cut-off date.
The memo also says the panel is looking at ways to adjust how delegates are selected in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Three states will hold primaries on Tuesday. A fourth, Ohio, postponed its vote on Monday, due to Covid-19 and its drastic effect on public life. Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Maryland have also postponed their votes.
As in virtually every part of US society, election officials at every level have been discussing ways to safely administer elections without spreading the coronavirus.