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.