March 13, 2020 / 4:53 PM / in a month

UPDATE 2-Louisiana postpones presidential primaries over coronavirus

(Adds Ardoin quote and date of primary)

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - The state of Louisiana has postponed its Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said on Friday.

The state, which had been scheduled to hold nominating contests on April 4, will push them back two months to June 20 “to best protect the health and safety of Louisiana voters and voting officials,” Ardoin said at a news conference.

Officials will be taking steps to disinfect voting equipment before the rescheduled primary, Ardoin said. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann and Amanda Becker, Editing by Franklin Paul, Nick Macfie and David Gregorio)

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