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Senate President Ferguson and House Speaker Jones push for in-person voting in Maryland

Posted at 7:41 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 07:41:57-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, on Tuesday, saying that voting is, not only an essential activity, but that it is also a fundamental right. Therefore, Maryland must find a way to make in-person voting possible for a limited number of voters.

According to the two, the Maryland General Assembly considered holding vote-by-mail elections several times in the past, but never moved forward with it. They also said that some socio-economic groups are less likely to participate or even receive their ballots via the mail.

They also pointed out that this plan to move forward with vote-by-mail only would violate state law, which requires Maryland to have election day registration.

The State Board of Elections will vote Thursday on a final plan on how vote-by-mail would be done in Maryland and, from there, it will be sent it off to Governor Hogan.