SILVER SPRING (AP) — Maryland’s state elections board has voted to significantly reduce the number of places where voters can cast ballots on November’s election day. The board’s recommendation Friday to Gov. Larry Hogan is aimed at accommodating a shortage of poll workers while avoiding voter confusion and crowded precincts during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-member board is calling for using 282 public high schools as “vote centers” where any registered voter in a particular county could cast a ballot on the Nov. 3 election day. Board members want to keep the state’s roughly 80 early-voting centers open on Nov. 3. The state’s current election format calls for having roughly 80 early-voting centers and opening up to 1,800 precinct-based polling places on election day.