COVID hampers campaigning

Eight employees with the Progressive Turnout Project, which has been knocking on doors to turn out voters in the 2020 election in a dozen states since June, have tested positive for COVID-19.

A top official with the Democratic group said that the outbreak has frightened some of the organization’s staffers and underscored the risk of in-person campaigning amid an ongoing pandemic.

Alex Morgan, the group’s executive director, said that none of the eight spread it to each other and it’s not known how each of the employees contracted the coronavirus.

Morgan acknowledged that five field staffers tested positive for the disease after speaking in person with voters and he said none of the voters have been notified that they might have been exposed.

Morgan defended the decision not to contact potentially exposed voters, saying the safety precautions taken by the group — including distributing masks to employees while mandating all conversations be held at least six feet apart — meant that the risk of spreading the virus was nearly non-existent.

Liz Nimmo, who was hired as a district field director in Iowa, in February said she left the Progressive Turnout Project and published a story on Medium outlining some of the reasons she quit.

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