While it would be easy to overlook in these crazy times, there’s a special election coming up tomorrow in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. Voters there will be deciding who will replace Elijah Cummings in the House. But they’re doing things quite a bit differently than usual this time around. To avoid exposing more people to the novel coronavirus at crowded polling places, Governor Larry Hogan ordered that the election be conducted using mail-in ballots.
Smart move, right? I mean, you’re not going to catch COVID-19 sitting at your kitchen table and filling out a form. But there’s one small hitch in this plan. Okay, it’s not really “small” at all. Hundreds, if not thousands of people still hadn’t received their ballots by last Thursday and it takes, on average, five days for the ballots to reach their destination after they are dropped in the mail. (Baltimore Sun)
Some voters across Maryland’s 7th Congressional District say their ballots for Tuesday’s special election never came in the mail as expected, leaving them scrambling to figure out how they can have their say on who will replace the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik are running for the seat held by Cummings, who died in October. The district includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.
Voters were to receive ballots earlier this month for the state’s first-ever mail-in election. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the election held primarily by mail to protect voters and election officials during the coronavirus outbreak.