“It was simply untenable for us to continue telling Ohioans go to the polls. So the governor made a difficult but ultimately the right decision,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” Tuesday.
“Under those circumstances, there was no way that in good conscience we could order an election — and certainly not a legitimate election — given that we were telling a large portion of the population that they should not come to the polls,” LaRose said.
LaRose on Monday issued a directive to all counties saying that the presidential primary would be postponed until June 2.
Asked what he’d do if the virus hasn’t tapered by June, LaRose told CNN, “That’s a bridge we’ll have to cross when we get to it.”
“Hopefully the decisive action that the governor’s taken here in Ohio, that the President’s taken, that really all Americans are endeavoring to undertake now, will help us get to a point where this insidious enemy that we face right now is defeated by June 2. That’s certainly the hope that we all have,” he said.