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Md. Elections Board claims USPS mail-in voting message "inconsistent" with state guidelines

Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation
Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 16:13:52-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's Board of Elections claims a U.S. Postal Service message showing up in mailboxes, offers some information "inconsistent" with state mail-in voting guidelines.

Officials say they got wind of the letters after they had been mailed on September 11.

For instance, the elections board doesn't recommend waiting until 15 days before Election Day to request a mail-in ballot.

In Maryland, requests have to be received by their local board of elections no later than October 20. But actually plan to mail your application by October 15so it will be delivered to you by October 20.

Another important reminder, is that no postage is required to return a ballot received by mail. It will come with a pre-paid postage return envelope.

Now, if you choose to get your ballot emailed to you, then you would need to print it and pay return postage.

You can also take your ballot to a drop box in your county.

The Postal Service has faced similar scrutiny over the letters in Colorado. A federal judge there ordered the post office to halt sending the letters, after a lawsuit was filed alleging they contained false information.

Key Dates and Deadlines in Maryland

Tuesday, October 13th: Voter Registration Deadline
Saturday, October 20th: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline
Monday, October 26th: Early Voting Begins
Tuesday, November 3rd: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date
Tuesday, November 3rd: In-Person Voting