Different County Board of Elections Start Mailing Out Absentee and Paper Ballots as soon as tomorrow. But, when those ballots will be allowed to be tabulated is still up in the air as the GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, Dan Cox, is challenging a Judge's decision to allow the counts to start before November 6.
The issue is the length of time for primary results to be validated by the State Board of Elections after the primary. It took close to 2 months for this reporter to get verification that her paper ballot, which was put in a certified dropbox in Wheaton, was counted. I received a text about it being tabulated well after Primary winners were declared and the losers bowed out of the race.
Paper or absentee ballots were distributed during Covid19 for the 2020 Presidential Elections. The thought was that having long lines or queues during the Covid19 Pandemic at ballot places wasn't safe.
Representative Cox, the Trump-endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate, filed motions Tuesday for an emergency stay of ballot counting across the state, arguing Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Bonifant’s order allowing early counting violates Maryland law. The Maryland Special Court of Appeals has yet to say when it will hear the motions. Meantime, Montgomery County Judge Bonifant would allow ballot canvassing as soon as they come into local boards of elections.