Here are the states that postponed their primaries due to coronavirus

Multiple states have postponed their primaries due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has significantly altered the daily lives of Americans.


Multiple states have postponed their primaries due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has significantly altered the daily lives of Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The next day, the White House advised all Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 and urged older people to stay at home altogether in a set of new guidelines.

This has affected some state's plans for their primary and caucuses. Here are the states changing their plans due to coronavirus:

New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's presidential primary election will be postponed from April 28 until June 23 amid coronavirus fears.

"I don't think it's wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote," Cuomo, a Democrat, said during a news conference.


Pennsylvania lawmakers voted to delay the state's primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state's spreading coronavirus cases.

The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled state Legislature on Wednesday and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said he will sign it.

It comes just a few months after Wolf and lawmakers approved legislation giving every voter the ability to mail in a ballot.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that the state will move its April 28 election to June 2.

Raimondo had been initially resistant to the idea of pushing back the primary but said she was “open to the idea” after the state Board of Elections recently called on her to order the delay.

The elections board has said postponing the primary would give officials more time to prepare for a mail ballot-focused election.


Connecticut moved its primary from April 28 to June 2.

"In coordination with other states and our Secretary of the State, and in an effort to carry out Democracy while keeping public health a top priority, I have decided to move our presidential primary to June 2nd," Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said in a tweet.


Georgia moved its primary from March 24 to May 19.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement on Saturday that coronavirus has increased the risks to voters and poll workers with in-person voting.

"Governor (Brian) Kemp has declared a public health emergency. President (Donald) Trump has declared a national emergency," Raffensperger said. "Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families, and the community at large."


Indiana moved its primary from May 5 to June 2.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, signed an executive order rescheduling the state's primary election to June.

"The right of citizens to elect their leaders in a free and open election is one of the cornerstones of America. In order to balance that right with the safety of county employees, poll workers and voters, delaying Indiana's primary election is the right move as we continue to do all we can to protect Hoosiers' health," Holcomb said in a statement.


Kentucky moved its primary from May 19 to June 23.

Secretary of State Michael Adams said Monday the state's primary election would be postponed.

"Today, Governor (Andy) Beshear and I agreed to delay the primary election originally scheduled for May 19 to June 23," Adams said in a video posted to Twitter.


Louisiana was the first state to postpone its presidential primary. It was moved from April 4 to June 20.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed an executive order that would postpone the state's upcoming elections, including its presidential primary.

"The reasons include taking into account the older age of the majority of precinct volunteers and workers, and the need to reduce public contact, and also to allow maximum participation by all voters, regardless of their age and their health conditions," Edwards said at a news conference in New Orleans.


Maryland moved its primary from April 28 to June 2, Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said.

"While there are many valid reasons for unease and uncertainty right now, ensuring that the voices of Maryland citizens are heard shouldn't be one of them," Hogan, a Republican, said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Additionally, Hogan said the special election to the fill the congressional seat of late Rep. Elijah Cummings will be held via vote by mail only.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said the state would postpone its presidential primary, scheduled for March 17. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who backed DeWine's move, said on CNN that he will seek to officially move the primary date to June 2.

Uncertainty has surrounded the status of Ohio's primary election. On Monday, DeWine requested that a court move the election to June because of the pandemic. A judge denied DeWine's request. Then, the governor said Ohio Health Director Amy Acton would order the polls closed because of a health emergency. Acton issued the order Monday night.

Early Tuesday morning, Ohio's Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the poll closure by a candidate for a county judgeship.

This story will be updated as additional postponements are announced.