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Lies surrounding the coronavirus pandemic are being spread to stop voters from showing up. For example, on Super Tuesday, some Tweets were circulated stating things like: “warning that everyone over age 60 that #coronavirus has been reported at ALL polling locations for #SuperTuesday.” The misinformation spanned the political spectrum, with some Republican supporters circulating misinformation about the risk of catching coronavirus in California's polling places and Biden voters being at risk. Michael Berry, a conservative Texas talk show host tweeted: “Biden supporters should stay away from public places during this time of Wuhan sickliness. Like polling places. Please stay home." Fears about coronavirus are concerning not only for older voters, but also for the older Americans who make up the bulk of volunteers and paid workers for polling places on election days.
People will not fall for lies surrounding coronavirus to prevent them from showing up to vote in the US elections. They understand the risks surrounding the virus and will take the necessary precautions in order to remain safe.