Mary­land be­gins mail­ing bal­lots to vot­ers

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL -

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (AP) — Bal­lots are now be­ing mailed to vot­ers in Mary­land, the state elec­tions board an­nounced Thurs­day.

The board says al­most 800,000 bal­lot pack­ets will be shipped to vot­ers over a five-day pe­riod — start­ing Thurs­day.

The board also says it’s ex­pe­dit­ing the de­liv­ery process by en­ter­ing them di­rectly into mail stream as mail.

The first set of emails to do­mes­tic vot­ers who re­quested a bal­lot by email also were sent Thurs­day.

Bal­lots were mailed to mil­i­tary and over­seas vot­ers who re­quested bal­lots by mail last week, the board said. The board said emails were sent to the lo­cal first-class mil­i­tary and over­seas vot­ers who re­quested their bal­lots via web de­liv­ery on Friday.

The board also an­nounced that the first phase of the de­liv­ery of bal­lot drop boxes will be­gin next week.

Each Mary­land ju­ris­dic­tion will have at least two bal­lot drop box lo­ca­tions avail­able to vot­ers. Vot­ers can sub­mit their com­pleted mail-in bal­lots in any drop box lo­cated in their ju­ris­dic­tion of res­i­dence.

There will be 282 bal­lot drop boxes avail­able at 281 lo­ca­tions around the state. Two bal­lot drop boxes will be avail­able at Cam­den Yards in Bal­ti­more.

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