Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) tells us…
Polls will not open for Ohio’s primary election Tuesday after a late-night decision from Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, effectively upheld by the state Supreme Court, to delay in-person voting until June in an effort to protect voters and poll workers from the coronavirus outbreak.
“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus,” DeWine said in a statement.
The election was in limbo for several hours Monday night after a judge in Columbus denied a last-minute attempt backed by the state to postpone the primary election. But DeWine responded with an order from the state’s top health official, Amy Acton, closing physical polling places as the legal battle moved up to the Ohio Supreme Court. Early Tuesday morning, four judges on that court issued a unanimous, unsigned ruling declining to stop the state from shuttering polls. Three other judges on the court recused — two because they’re currently running for reelection and the other because he is DeWine’s son.
Well, this is something new. Let’s break this down just a little bit. DeWine is a Republican, Amy Acton is a Democrat. This could be St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans from Gov. DeWine, but what motive would Acton have?
DeWine’s motivation might be benign, but it also might be for the purposes of throwing a spanner. You see, according to NBC/Marist polling, Biden leads Sanders 58% to 35%. If Ohio went clearly for Biden, pretty much the Democratic Primary would be over, Biden would be close to invincible, and the Republicans would be sad to see the fight end early.
It’s to Dear Leader’s advantage to have the Democrats beat each other up for a few more weeks. Also it is very clear Lord Damp Nut does not want to face off against Handsome Joe Biden, but is drooling at the opportunity to face off against Bernie Sanders, whom he sees as easily defeatable.
Anyway, what is clear is that Ohio is not voting today.