Senate Voting Bill Reshuffles County Early Voting Sites

The Senate has debated SB 279, Administration legislation on “Improving Access to Voting.” The bill passed its second reader on Thursday morning, receiving amendments from both the Committee and the floor, before being printed for a final Senate floor vote in the coming days.

Among the bill’s many provisions are a new set of allowances for early voting locations for each county. The Committee amendments refined the threshold number of registered voters for counties to have multiple early voting sites.

Under the bill as fully amended by the Senate (discussions are still pending in the House) the spread is now:

    ONE EARLY VOTING SITE

Calvert
Caroline
Cecil
Kent
Queen Anne’s
St. Mary’s
Somerset
Talbot
Wicomico

    ONE SITE, COUNTY OPTION TO ADD SECOND SITE

Allegany
Carroll
Charles
Dorchester
Garrett
Washington
Worcester

    THREE SITES

Frederick
Harford
Howard

    FIVE SITES

Anne Arundel
Baltimore City

    EIGHT SITES

Baltimore County
Montgomery
Prince George’s

For further information relevant to the county classifications:
SB 279 – bill information
Voter registration data
County geographic areas

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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