'We can’t afford to wait': coronavirus could shut out droves of new US voters

by Sam Levine
Thu 23 Apr 2020 06.00 EDT

Covid-19 is severely curbing voter registration across the US – which could have huge consequences in November

In a typical election year, canvassers across the country would be beginning to fan out on street corners, college campuses, concerts and rallies to pepper Americans with a simple question: “Are you registered to vote?”

The closure of these offices has also made it more difficult to get the identification required in many states to vote. VoteRiders, a group that assists people in getting IDs, has been left helping people obtain the documents they need when the offices eventually open, said Laina Reynolds Levy, a spokesperson.