Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School Poll, described how election laws were not written to anticipate the current pandemic. “We are in an unprecedented moment, and the statutes and laws weren't written with a situation like this in mind,” Franklin said. “We have had a gigantic surge in request of absentee ballots — more than 1 million — and we have no idea at this moment how many of those will get sent out in time or how many people will show up in person on Tuesday to vote. This is uncharted water."
Story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2020
Franklin also spoke with the Los Angeles Times for an April 3 story about the approval of state governors versus national leaders in response to coronavirus. “Governors have been seen as more clear and decisive about their actions, and they’ve gotten a lot of credit,” Franklin said. “Trump has been less consistent in his rhetoric about how we should think about the crisis, but the consequences of those actions are less clear.”