Type of Intervention: Specific Action, Statutory Authority
Sectors Involved: Elections
Level of Jurisdiction: VA
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam
Overview: Governor Ralph Northam today invoked his statutory authority to postpone the May General and Special Elections by two weeks, from May 5, 2020 to May 19, 2020. Elections are scheduled in 56 localities across the Commonwealth. The Governor also moved the June primary elections from June 9, 2020 to June 23, 2020.
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/april/headline-856329-en.html
Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: “Virginians should never have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health,”