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Virus review: More voters head to the polls during pandemic. Here's the latest

Virus review: More voters head to the polls during pandemic. Here's the latest

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Voters in Kentucky and New York headed to the polls Tuesday for primary elections, the latest to unfold as the pandemic triggers unprecedented election disruptions across the country. 

Voting appeared to be running smoother than in elections held two weeks earlier in Georgia and Nevada, where voters experienced long lines and stood for hours outside polling places.

While there were reports of some voters in New York and Kentucky having to cast ballots in person after failing to receive an absentee ballot, it did not appear to be causing the long lines that were seen in places like Milwaukee and Atlanta. The longest wait times were reported at the lone voting site in Lexington, Kentucky. Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said he added two more check-in stations at the Lexington site after turnout remained steady into the late morning with voters reporting a wait time of about an hour and a half.

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Here's an update on developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • President Donald Trump's call for another round of stimulus checks to most taxpayers is getting a lukewarm endorsement from his GOP allies on Capitol Hill.
  • As European Union nations continue to ease coronavirus restrictions, the EU is considering recommending that member states block American visitors from visiting their countries due to the surge of coronavirus cases in the US, according to two EU diplomats.
  • The coronavirus pandemic is more likely to lead to a baby bust than a baby boom in the United States — possibly leaving the nation with about half a million fewer births than otherwise would be expected, experts at the Brookings Institution and nonprofit March of Dimes predict.
  • As of Tuesday, 25 states have recorded higher rates of new cases compared to last week, and no state has effectively transitioned from stay-at-home orders "to a public health model of testing, tracking, isolating and quarantining," said Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Trump now says that he was not kidding when he told rally goers over the weekend that he asked staff to slow down coronavirus testing, undercutting senior members of his own administration who said the comment was made in jest.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for maps and charts tracking the virus spread.

Also, a look at unexpected ways the coronavirus pandemic has affected everyday life.

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