Election Emergencies

By National Conference of State Legislatures

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Election dates are set by state statute and, with the exception of special elections that may crop up from time to time, are usually set according to a longstanding schedule. Election officials spend months planning an election, including what would happen if there were to be an emergency on Election Day. And yet, they can’t possibly predict the natural disasters or emergencies that could disrupt an election. For their part, state legislatures have adopted laws that could apply to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, active shooters or even military invasions and cyberattacks.

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