Maryland must get to work now to ensure the greatest number of voters for this November's election.

This should include but not be limited to 1) postage-paid return ballots mailed to every registered voter, 2) secure and monitored drop locations for every polling place to accommodate those who dislike the idea of voting by mail, 3) social distancing compliant facilities for vote counting and 4) numbered and postage paid stubs that can be removed from each ballot and returned to the voter once their vote has been counted.

We can't afford to adopt a wait-and-see attitude in the face of this pandemic. Our votes must count.

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Obadiah Plainsmen

A harbinger for November, A republican Trump ally wins in heavy California democratic

house district.

https://apnews.com/ca668232601ca0fec32e8b4d66ea61e3

secpol1970

Don't forget Wisconsin too.

pilot25

Yes, we must have mail in balloting because we are all going to die. 85% of corona deaths are in nursing homes but don't let reality keep you from trying to rig the election.

Obadiah Plainsmen

That only IF or EVER you receive a mail-in ballot.

DickD

This was in the Baltimore Sun.  Jim shows his lack of knowledge one more time.https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/elections/bs-md-pol-primary-hogan-decision-20200410-rvphpqz4mjfqdpnfrhjrifyqxm-story.html"Hogan said the April election can be entirely by mail as long as the state elections board submits a written document stating it is not possible to offer voting centers “in a manner than mitigates and reduces a substantial threat to public safety or health." The board also must demonstrate the election will comply with the state and U.S. Constitution even if no centers are offered."

jsklinelga

DickD

To allude to Tmtmtm's comment on confirmation bias I believe it may be prejudicing your views. Yes the Governor issued the proclamation but was it legal and could it be challenged in court.

DickD

The Board of Elections better mail out the ballots earlier than they have in the primary.

They also need to have a way to get a ballot if you don't receive one.

bosco

I wonder if all of the cheerleaders on the article pointing out the cons of mail in ballots have received one for the primary yet? Nothing here at Bosco Manor yet.

public-tertiary

The last time I missed voting in an election was the 1984 general. I was abroad. My absentee ballot showed up in January 1985.

As far as this primary goes, I don’t see much point in voting. The Republican Party does not permit write-in votes in the primary.

Dwasserba

"For more information for to request a ballot, Frederick County residents can email absentee.SBE@maryland.gov or call 1-800-222-8683." In today's fnp. We got 2 of 3 needed here.

jsklinelga

Ms. Baker,

You are absolutely correct. Too often we are "Monday morning quarterbacks" criticizing the lack of appropriate action after the fact. We can foresee a potential problem on a vitally important event. Appropriate steps should be taken.

But you suggest we send out ballots by mail to all registered voters. Maryland is not a vote by mail state. Article 1 of the Md State Constitution - Elective Franchise covers the laws governing our elections.

The legislature is solely responsible for crafting the laws as it should be.

"SEC. 7. The General Assembly shall pass Laws necessary for the preservation of the purity of Elections " The legislature would have to amend the Constitution to allow "vote by mail." It is now allowed under special circumstances but the voter must request the ballot. This cannot occur, legally, by a Governor's proclamation.

We must focus on ways to ensure the safety of the voter and optimize the participation of voters consistent with Maryland Law.

DickD

Jsk

How would you explain that everyone is getting a primary ballot, if a registered voter?

DickD

Jsk

Obviously, you missed it. Your Republican Governor Hogan issued a emergency proclam

DickD

Proclamation. The State Board of Elections submitted a comprehensive plan, the Governor ratified it.

Debbie Baker

jsklinelga,

A workaround (if the state has the budget for it) would be to mail requests for mail-in ballots to all voters. I realize that this adds more expense and another step but it would remove that "what if" fear if this pandemic gets worse and we go back into a mandated lockdown.

public-tertiary

You misunderstand jsk’s motive.

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