Cuomo announces NY primary will move to June 23rd

 theverge.com  03/29/2020 17:46:05  2  Kim Lyons
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will postpone its April 28th presidential primary election until June 23rd, as the Empire State deals with the largest coronavirus outbreak in the US, the New York Times reports.

I dont think its wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote, a lot of people touching one doorknob, a lot of people touching one pen, Cuomo said during a news conference Saturday. New Yorks primary for state legislative and congressional elections already is scheduled for June 23rd.

The Democratic National Committee had warned states that postponing their primaries later than June 9th could result in penalties, including a possible reduction of delegates. Ten states and Puerto Rico have rescheduled their primaries, and several others have expanded vote-by-mail options.

Meanwhile on Saturday, President Trump told reporters he was considering an enforceable quarantine for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, NBC News reported. I am thinking about that right now. We might not have to do it but theres a possibility that sometime today well do a quarantine, short term, two weeks, on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut, the president said.

Whether the president has the authority to enact such a quarantine is not clear. The Associated Press notes that the federal government can take steps to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among states, but that public order and safety are up to states to handle.

The president said he had spoken with the governors of New York and Florida, but according to the AP, Cuomo said he had not talked about a quarantine with the president.

I dont know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view, I dont know what you would be accomplishing ... I dont like the sound of it, Cuomo said.

President Trump later tweeted he was asking the CDC to issue a strong Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and that a quarantine was not necessary.

....Federal Government. A quarantine will not be necessary. Full details will be released by CDC tonight. Thank you!

 Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020

Update March 28th, 1:56PM ET: Adds detail about federal authority and reaction from Gov. Cuomo.

Update March 29th, 1:44PM ET: Adds that President Trump will seek a strong travel advisory, not a quarantine, for three states.

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