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State Powers in Emergencies

States have traditionally taken a strong role during local or regional emergencies, sensibly enough. The addition fits our nation’s tradition.

This is a reasonable and needed safeguard, especially today.

Hackers knocking out an entire state's electronic voting couldn't have been anticipated in 1868. Nor were modern terrorists or nuclear weapons. The people's business still has to be done even if a catastrophe prevents any voting at all.

The public retains the power to hold a write-in election

 if their state’s government is also unable to perform its duties

or to petition for a special election

if it delays a special election for permanent replacement.