Montgomery Council Calls for General Election to Be Held Primarily By Mail

Montgomery County Council passes resolution seeking to make voting as easy and as safe as possible; urges Governor Hogan to change course on in-person voting for the general election. The Montgomery County Council yesterday unanimously passed a resolution calling for Governor Larry Hogan to change course on his plan to mail registered voters an absentee ballot application and instead mail registered voters a ballot for the November 3 general election with a prepaid postage return…

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Local Election Directors: Emergency Pollworker Shortage Will Lead to Long Lines, Voter Confusion

The Maryland Association of Election Election Officials (MAEO) is warning Governor Larry Hogan that an emergency shortage of election judges threatens the success of Maryland's 2020 general election. MAEO is the professional membership organization comprised of local election officials and Election Boards from all 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland. As previously reported on Conduit Street, under Governor Hogan’s plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead…

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State Board Seeks Additional $20M for Nov Election

The State Board of Elections yesterday requested an additional $20.6 million in state funding to conduct the November election, citing significant costs related to mailing absentee ballot applications to voters, prepaid postage for voters to return mail-in ballots, and a statewide voter education campaign. "The fiscal impact of the primary election was reduced due to the federal CARES Act funding and election officials’ ability to transfer funds needed for a primarily in-person election to a…

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Washington County Board of Elections to Consider Consolidating Precincts Due to Shortage of Poll Workers

The Washington County Board of Elections today will hold a special meeting to discuss and vote on the consolidation of multiple precincts for the 2020 general election. Local election officials say the action is necessary because the majority of election judges have indicated they will stay home due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported on Conduit Street, under Governor Hogan’s plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters will be mailed an…

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Voting-By-Mail in a Pandemic: A State-By-State Report Card

Maryland received a B grade in a Brookings Institution assessment of the ease of voting-by-mail in the 2020 primary election. Across the country, legislatures have taken a number of steps to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on elections. Still, the 2020 primaries were plagued by long lines, late-arriving/missing ballots, an influx of absentee ballot requests, and technology glitches. With those issues in mind, the Brookings Institution today released an assessment of the…

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Join NACo for Webinar on County Election Security

Join NACo for a webinar Thursday, July 23rd from 2:00-3:00pm on "Election Security: How Counties Can Continue to Address Ransomware to Ensure Safe and Secure Elections."  The webinar will go through what ransomware is, attack vectors used, how it impacts state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities, and specifically how it can impact election infrastructure. Additionally, panelists will provides recommendations for protecting networks against a ransomware attack, as well as response steps for those affected…

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Several County Leaders Ask Hogan to Reconsider Directive for Nov Election

A letter from multiple county leaders calls on Governor Larry Hogan to reconsider his plan for the November general election and instead consider the “hybrid” vote-by-mail election with extended in-person voting centers, recommended by the Maryland Association of Election Officials (MAEO). As previously reported on Conduit Street, under Governor Hogan’s plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead of an absentee ballot). MAEO, the professional…

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MD Congressional Delegation Raises Concerns with Election Plan, Urges Hogan to Reconsider

Maryland's Congressional Delegation yesterday wrote to Governor Larry Hogan to express concerns with his plan to proceed with in-person voting for the November 3 general election. The lawmakers called on Governor Hogan to rescind his directive and issue new guidance to maximize safety and voter participation. As previously reported on Conduit Street, under Governor Hogan’s plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters will be mailed an application to request an absentee ballot.…

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Hogan Orders All Polling Places Open on Election Day, Encourages Absentee Voting

With 118 days until the November general election, and given the State Board of Elections’ (SBE) failure to provide a formal recommendation on how to conduct the election, Governor Larry Hogan today directed the Board to follow existing state law and conduct the election with enhanced voting options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: Every early voting center should be open and every polling location should be open on Election Day to accommodate anyone who…

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