Vote By Mail: How Quickly Can Maryland Get Up To Speed? | WYPR

Vote By Mail: How Quickly Can Maryland Get Up To Speed?

Apr 3, 2020

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Yesterday, the Democratic National Committee announced it is delaying its convention from July until August.  Many primaries, including the one here in Maryland, have also been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Several states have decided to hold their primaries and other elections by mail.  And for some states, this is nothing new. But for others, like Maryland, it is largely uncharted territory.  Voters in the 7th Congressional District will be the first to use it. Ballots in the special election to fill the seat held by Elijah Cummings were mailed this week. Voters have until April 28th to postmark their ballots for that race. 

We begin today with a look at mail-in elections, including Maryland's primary, now scheduled for June 2. Tom’s first guest is Kim Wyman.  She is the Secretary of State for Washington State, where elections have been conducted by mail since 2011. 

Then, Baltimore City Election Director Armstead Jones joins the conversation. If you are a city resident in Maryland's 7th Congressional District and you have not yet received a ballot in the mail to vote in the April 28 Special Election, call 410-396-1444. 

If you are a voter anywhere in Maryland, click here to check or update your address to ensure that you receive a ballot in the mail for the June 2 primary.