As the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. worsens, states are scrambling to find alternatives to traditional primaries and caucuses so they can avoid asking voters to gather in public places, wait in lines, touch shared equipment and interact with poll workers, all of which could risk spreading the disease.

Some states are delaying primaries in hopes that public-health experts will loosen their recommendations against public gatherings by late spring or summer. Some states are also making it easier for voters to avoid Election…

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