The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) today voted unanimously to authorize the Baltimore City Board of Elections to designate two additional in-person voting locations for the June 2 presidential primary election.
The action comes a day after Maryland’s legislative leaders sent a letter to SBE requesting additional ballot drop boxes and in-person voting locations due to delays in getting mail-in ballots to voters, particularly in Baltimore City. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SBE earlier today expanded the number of ballot drop off locations in Baltimore City from 5 to 15.
According to SBE, mail-in ballots are expected to be delivered to all eligible voters in Baltimore City by Saturday, May 23. The United States Postal Service received and began mailing ballots to addresses on file for eligible Baltimore City voters last Thursday and those ballots began arriving in mailboxes last weekend.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan last month approved a plan to conduct Maryland’s presidential primary election primarily via mail-in ballots, with limited locations to submit completed ballots at designated drop-off locations or to vote in-person on election day.
Under the plan, each county must designate at least one in-person voting site (maximum of four) on Election Day. Baltimore City is now authorized to provide up to six in-person voting centers for the presidential primary election.
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