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Voting set for Tuesday in DC and Maryland as protests, COVID-19 cause concerns

Both D.C. and Maryland pushed for residents to move toward using mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, ahead of protests for George Floyd.

WASHINGTON — Voters will be asked to navigate curfews, health concerns and a sharp increase in mail balloting as elections take place in D.C. and Maryland on Tuesday. 

Joe Biden could seize the number of delegates needed to formally clinch the Democrats' presidential nomination on Tuesday as seven states and the District of Columbia push through a pandemic and exploding racial tensions to host the largest slate of primary elections in almost three months. 

But while a pandemic continues in the U.S., and protests for the death of George Floyd carry on through the weekend, there is a lot to be known about how turnout will look. 

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a 7 p.m. curfew that will run on Tuesday evening, though voting places will be open until 8 p.m. Voting has been deemed essential, and city officials say voters will not be subject to arrest if they cast ballots during the curfew. 

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