ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has approved recommendations by the state elections board to reduce the number of polling places to accommodate a shortage of poll workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan wrote in a letter Monday that he has granted the board’s request to create voting centers for use during early voting and on Election Day. The Republican governor says he’s still concerned that reducing the number of polls open on Election Day will create long lines and unsafe conditions with crowds of people being forced into too few polling places. He says it will make sending applications for absentee ballots for people to vote by mail more important.