Voters arrive in masks in light of the coronavirus outbreak at Warren E Bow Elementary School in Detroit during Michigan’s primary in March [File: Paul Sancya/AP Photo]

Officials in the United States are grappling with a new political challenge: how to hold a national election in the washout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Grim new projections from top government scientists suggest the US could face between 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the coronavirus in coming months. The pandemic is reshaping how the US will hold its next national election.

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And yet, in November, some 260 million Americans are expected to go to local polling places in schools, libraries and public buildings and stand in line to vote for their choice for president and members

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