Today is Democratic primary voting day in four states. It is also a day when the US is battling a new disease, Covid-19, a caronavirus, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends that Americans gather in groups of no more than 10 people. So it’s going to be fascinating to see how this voting proceeds. For example, how will media reporters cover it? Will they station themselves 20 feet away from the lines going into the voting places just to report on what they are observing: like, are the people in line keeping the recommended distance of 5 to 6 feet between each other? And what about the voters. Will they be required to wash their hands with hand sanitizer before entering the polling place as if they were cruiseline passengers returning to the cruise ship after a trip to shore. And will they also be offered hand sanitizer as they leave the polling place? How often will voting machines be wiped down? I am thinking, this all should be very interesting. Including, what percentage of the various voting groups (young, old, African Americans, Latinos, women, men) will be determined enough and brave enough to actually go to the pole to vote to do their civic duty?
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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