After Ohio’s governor canceled their primary this week New York Magazine reports, “Courts are likely to defer to public-health officials at every level of government during a pandemic, just as federal courts have typically deferred to national security judgments made by presidents:
American election law was not written with a pandemic in mind. Extraordinary measures may be necessary to control the spread of coronavirus for many months — possibly continuing well into the November election season. And if those extraordinary measures do disrupt the general elections, courts are likely to defer to public health officials even if those officials act with partisan motivation.
So what if the public official in question possesses both public health and national security powers? What if we are talking about Donald J. Trump?