This week, the Maryland State Board of Elections certified the county-by-county ballot content and arrangement for the November 8 general election.
Early voting for the November 8 general election begins on October 27 and runs through November 3. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 18, and the deadline for voters to request a mail-in ballot is November 1.
As more voters opt to cast mail-in ballots, local boards require flexibility to meet critical certification deadlines and provide meaningful results after the polls close on election day. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Maryland State Board of Elections filed a petition seeking a judicial order to allow local boards of elections to begin canvassing mail-in ballots before polls close on election day — which is essential for reporting timely results.
County-by-County Certified Ballots
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan vetoed emergency legislation to provide local boards of elections with necessary and reasonable flexibility to canvass mail-in ballots, which led to delays in processing an unprecedented number of mail-in votes during the July primary election. The veto undoubtedly put more pressure on local boards of elections, which are already operating under strenuous circumstances because of delays with redistricting data, pandemic-driven supply shortages, difficulties recruiting election judges, and the spread of false information.
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