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Voting at the Mesa Community College polling place. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)

Arizona elections officials should suspend plans to help voters in nursing homes and hospitals cast ballots through video calls, Gov. Doug Ducey said in a letter to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

Arizona provides what are known as “special election boards” to people in hospitals and long-term care facilities, allowing them to cast a vote in person outside of a traditional polling place.

But this year, long-term care facilities across the country, and in Arizona, were hit hard by COVID-19. Earlier this month, Maricopa County surpassed 1,000 deaths in long-term care facilities due to COVID-19.

Visitor restrictions at these places can make the job more difficult for special election boards, they but aren’t entirely stopping the practiceand in some places they are adjusting with technology.

Special election boards set up by Arizona counties provide a team,