SILVER SPRING, MD (AP) – Voting rights advocates and local election officials are urging Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to adjust his directive to hold a traditional election in November. They urged the Republican governor to expand mail-in voting for the general election to reduce health risks from polling stations during the COVID-19 pandemic. After long lines and problems with mail-in ballots for June’s primary, Hogan directed local election officials to open all polling locations and early voting centers for the general election. Common Cause Maryland Executive Director Joanne Antoine said a “hybrid election” with automatically mailed ballots and in-person voting would be the safest option.

GOV. LARRY HOGAN