OPINION: Voting during a pandemic doesn’t have to be a disaster. Look at Kentucky.

By The Washington Post Editorial Board

NOT EVERY election held during the coronavirus pandemic has been a disaster. See, for example, Tuesday’s vote in Kentucky, which saw a couple of problems but avoided the massive failures seen in the District of Columbia, Georgia and Wisconsin, even as state political experts predicted record turnout. The November presidential election can be run credibly — if politicians recognize now the need to prepare and resist the temptation to manipulate the circumstances for political advantage.

Planning and bipartisanship were key to Kentucky’s primary day. Well ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Kentucky’s Republican secretary of state, Michael Adams, and Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, agreed to allow all registered voters to cast absentee ballots, a first for the state. Massive numbers of voters signed up for mail-in ballots. In-person early voting was ramped up to reduce Election Day crowds. And in-person polling places were consolidated to limit the number of polling workers who would need to interact with voters and to ensure sanitary standards.

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