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UPDATE Counting Maryland's Mail-In Ballots Can Start as Early as Saturday

Maryland Matters broke the news first that Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Thursday that state and local elections officials can begin counting mail-in ballots as soon as Saturday while the court considers a broader challenge to early ballot counting from Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), the GOP nominee for governor.

On Thursday afternoon, three judges on the 15-member Maryland Court of Special Appeals denied Cox’s request for a stay order putting the counting on hold while he challenges a lower court ruling from last week that said the counting of mail-in ballots could begin before Election Day.

On Tuesday, attorneys for the Cox campaign appealed a ruling from Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Bonifant that allows boards of elections in the state to begin counting mail-in ballots this weekend.

Last Friday, Bonifant said he was accepting the argument from the Maryland State Board of Elections, which had sought the early vote count, that an expected deluge of mail-in ballots could result in a potentially calamitous weeks-long delay of election results being tabulated and reported.

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