Maryland Officials Recommend Primary Voting by Mail

By: - March 26, 2020

The Maryland Board of Elections is recommending that no in-person voting be permitted for the June 2 primary because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Instead, ballots would be sent to all of the state’s more than 4 million voters, who would then have to mail them in or drop them off, according to The Baltimore Sun.

In making their recommendation, board members said they could not guarantee poll workers would get protective equipment. Under the new plan, voters would receive ballots by mail before June 2. The voters would then cast their ballots by mail using an included postage-paid envelope. Voters would also have the option of placing their ballots in drop boxes, according to the newspaper.

The recommendation still has to be officially presented to Gov. Larry Hogan. Last week, the governor postponed the state’s April 28 primary to June 2. Hogan said his two main priorities were keeping Marylanders safe and protecting their constitutional right to vote.

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