Md. governor directs State Board of Elections to conduct general election with enhanced voting options
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan has directed the State Board of Elections to conduct November’s general election with enhanced voting options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every early voting center should be open and every polling location should be open on Election Day to accommodate anyone who wants to cast their ballot safely and in person. In addition, the Board should promptly send out an absentee ballot request application to every eligible Maryland voter to ensure that every Marylander who wishes to vote by mail can do so.
In addition, every effort should be made to promote early voting, absentee voting by mail, and voting at off-peak times as safe and efficient options.
The governor also informed the State Board of Elections that the state will encourage state employees to help supplement election staffing needs and provide any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). Polling places should follow CDC guidelines and stress the importance of proper sanitization, physical distancing, and face coverings.