City of Frederick Approves Absentee Ballot Change

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As reported by the Gazette, the City of Frederick approved a measure to allow registered resident voters to vote through an absentee ballot for any election at any time. From the article:

“This was looked at as a way of providing early voting, and it moves in some small way toward maximum ballot access,” said Alderman Michael O’Connor (D). “My hope would be at some point down the line we could offer early voting, but right now this is a good start.”

The change, approved unanimously by the five-member Frederick Board of Aldermen at a public hearing Thursday night, allows any resident who is a registered voter to obtain a ballot except where prohibited by federal law.

It was determined by the Frederick Board of Supervisors of Elections that the costs associated with early voting could not be accommodated in the City’s budget.