Board OKs MACo’s Request for Additional State Funding for Mail-In Ballot Applications

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday voted unanimously to request additional state funding to pay for mail-in ballot applications. The additional funding — which must be approved by the Department of Budget and Management — would alleviate a significant unfunded mandate on county governments. While state statute mandates that counties pay half of the postage costs for mail-in ballots, Governor Hogan’s directive for SBE to send all registered voters mail-in ballot applications —…

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State to Provide More Ballot Drop Boxes, Allow for Earlier Canvassing of Mail-In Ballots

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday announced that at least 270 ballot drop boxes will be deployed statewide for the 2020 General Election, a significant increase from the 75 made available for the 2020 Primary Election. Delivery of ballot drop boxes to local boards of elections will begin the week of September 28. The Board also voted to authorize local boards of elections to begin canvassing mail-in ballots no earlier than Thursday, October…

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Anne Arundel Launches Four-Point Plan to Ensure Safe and Secure Election

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman urges residents to “Protect Your Health and Protect Your Vote” Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced plans to protect public health and voting integrity for the November 3 general election. Citing a triple threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal cutbacks to the US Postal Service, and a state retreat from mail-in voting, Pittman encouraged voters to make a plan to vote now, using one of four…

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Maryland Joins Multi-State Lawsuit Challenging Postal Service Cutbacks

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced today that Maryland is joining several states in filing a federal lawsuit challenging "drastic operational changes" at the U.S. Postal Service that "threaten critical mail delivery and could undermine the national election in November." The 14 states allege that President Donald Trump and his new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, implemented drastic changes to nationwide mail service unlawfully, and seek to stop the agency’s service reductions. According to a…

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MACo on General Election: State Should Pay Extra Ballot Costs

MACo today sent a letter to the State Board of Elections (SBE) Chair, Patrick Cogan, urging the Board to formally recommend that the state pay the total cost (printing, mailing, and return postage) for mail-in ballot applications in advance of the general election. While state statute mandates that counties pay half of the postage costs for mail-in ballots, Governor Hogan's directive for SBE to send all registered voters mail-in ballot applications — rather than mail-in…

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Here’s How Many Marylanders Have Requested Mail-In Ballots… So Far

More than 230,000 Marylanders have requested a mail-in ballot for the November 3 general election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan last week approved a State Board of Elections (SBE) plan to designate each of Maryland’s high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. Additionally, 80 early voting centers will be open across the state from Monday,…

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State Board Approves Early Voting Days for General Election

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday voted to hold early voting from Monday, October 26 to Monday, November 2 (including Saturday and Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with early voting centers also open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan this week approved an SBE plan to designate each of Maryland’s 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident…

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Council Structure Change on the Ballot in Montgomery

Last week the Montgomery County Council approved two resolutions to put charter amendments on the November ballot that would change the makeup of council districts. Currently the council is composed of nine members, one elected to represent each of the five council districts and four at-large members. One proposal would add two districts and retain all four at-large positions, bringing the number of members to eleven. The lead sponsor, Councilmember Evan Glass, believes the initiative…

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Hogan Approves Plan to Open Vote Centers for Nov 3 Election

Governor Larry Hogan today approved a State Board of Elections (SBE) plan to designate each of Maryland’s high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. Additionally, 80 early voting centers will be open across the state from October 26 through November 3. Voters may cast their ballot at any vote center in their county of residence. SBE also plans to…

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