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More than 427,000 Marylanders voted as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and State Board of Elections officials say the counting will be far from over Tuesday night. 

Nikki Charlson, the board’s deputy administrator said ballots will be counted through at least Nov. 13.


You might not be 100% safe from COVID-19 if you’re voting early this week. But you can still vote in-person while minimizing risk. 

Dr. Daniel Morgan is a professor of epidemiology & public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


In an interview for WYPR’s podcast The Daily Dose, he said he voted by mail because it’s easier, but would still feel comfortable voting at the polls. 

School superintendents say it’ll take millions in state aid to resume in-person learning. Governor Hogan promises 250 million in state aid to Maryland business owners. Voting rights advocates worry some former felons may be denied their right to vote. And the Maryland Board of elections says the volume of mail in ballots received already far exceeds 2016 numbers.

Baltimore County ballot drop boxes in traditional Republican corridors are seeing less traffic than their counterparts in Democratic zones. An immunologist critiques the governor’s vaccination plan. And Baltimore City Schools shares details on a plan to reopen 25 schools next month for in-person learning.

Baltimore County elections officials tally thousands of mail-in ballots and sort through voter errors. Goats are unleashed on a city park. And demonstrators in Baltimore march in solidarity with others nationwide for voting and women’s rights.

If you haven’t applied yet for a mail-in ballot, the clock is ticking. And if you haven’t responded yet to the 2020 Census, well, you’re about to miss the deadline. Plus, a teacher’s-eye view of the upcoming return to classrooms in Baltimore.

Baltimore County voters are already submitting ballots in certified drop boxes. State restrictions loosen on daycares and nursing homes. Maryland police reform proves divisive along party lines. And some city schools open as ‘student learning centers’ for vulnerable students.

The Daily Dose 9-28-20

Sep 28, 2020

If you’ve applied for a mail-ballot, time to check your mailbox. And there’s some help on the way for working parents of school-age children.

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Maryland’s State Board of Elections began sending about 800,000 mail-in ballots to voters over the weekend.

To speed up the delivery process, out-of-state vendors shipped large batches of ballots to Maryland, where they subsequently entered the local mail stream as first-class mail.

“The quicker you can get into the mail stream in Maryland, the quicker people will get them,” Patrick J. Hogan, Vice Chair of the Maryland Board of Elections, said at a board meeting last Thursday. 

The Daily Dose 9-15-20

Sep 15, 2020

The list of early voting and polling centers for Baltimore has been approved. Special education students are straining under the challenge of virtual learning. And how do you have a productive conversation with someone who doesn't take the threat of COVID-19 seriously?

The Daily Dose 9-14-20

Sep 14, 2020

With less than two months to go before Election Day, the company printing Maryland’s ballots has bailed. And Baltimore housing advocates and landlords say a moratorium on rent won’t stave off mass eviction cases.


 SeaChange, the mail-in ballot company that the state Board of Elections blamed for proofing errors in Baltimore’s June primary election, has walked away from its contract with Maryland less than two months before the November general election. 

The Minneapolis-based company informed the state board last week that it would not go through with the work needed to produce Maryland ballots; printing was scheduled to begin Sept. 3. Elections officials say the state has contracted with multiple vendors to print ballots and still on track to have all of its mail-in ballots printed by the end of this month.

The Daily Dose 9-10-20

Sep 10, 2020

The MTA says it will have to slash its budget, and bus routes, in 2021. Governor Hogan announces more 250,000 new rapid test kits for COVID-19. And Baltimore County prepares for an expected half of its voters to cast their ballots by mail.

The Daily Dose 8-28-20

Aug 28, 2020

Tensions run high at a police reform meeting between lawmakers and law enforcement. Governor Hogan’s call for a swift return to in-person learning catches districts off-guard. The city suspends recycling collection. And preparations for mail-in ballots have begun in what is shaping up to be a fraught election process.

The Daily Dose 8-18-20

Aug 18, 2020
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Maryland’s Democratic delegation turns up the heat on the new Postmaster General over delayed mail ahead of the November election. And the City Council heard preliminary financing plans for redeveloping one of Baltimore’s oldest public housing complexes.

The Daily Dose 8-5-20

Aug 5, 2020
Rachel Baye/WYPR

Applications for mail-in ballots go out to Marylanders on August 24th, but Governor Hogan still insists that all polling places be open on Election Day. And while health officials urge us to take more activities outside to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we may be putting ourselves at higher risk for another illness with similar symptoms – Lyme disease.

The Daily Dose 7-29-20

Jul 29, 2020
Baltimore County Police Department

Governor Hogan hits pause on Maryland’s reopening plans. The call gets louder for an all mail-in ballot this November. Things got heated in debate over police reforms at a Baltimore County Council public. And environmental activists say a Baltimore City incinerator is a public health threat.

The Daily Dose 7-14-20

Jul 14, 2020
Noah Walker

The pressure is on for Maryland school districts to come up with plans for what reopening will look like in the fall. And Governor Hogan’s decision ordering all polling places to be open for November’s election, in the midst of a pandemic, goes against the thinking of many elections experts.

The Daily Dose 6-2-20

Jun 2, 2020
Wendel Patrick, Out of the Blocks

On Election Day, remote ballot issues force thousands to show up at the polls in Baltimore. Plus, civil unrest rages in other cities, but Baltimore is being held up as an example of powerful, peaceful protest. The head of West Baltimore’s No Boundaries Coalition talks about lessons learned in the wake of Freddie Gray and the hard work ahead.

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The coronavirus pandemic has made many states declare mail-in only primary elections this spring in order to promote social distancing, Maryland among them. A new poll from WYPR, the Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore found that a large majority of voters say the mail-in election will not affect their decision to vote and that most voters trust the mail-in elections process as much as they trust standard elections.

“You have a totally different type of election,” said Roger Hartley, dean of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs. “It's not getting people to turn out on Election Day. It's not having a union pick up supporters or a church pick up supporters and drive them to the polls.”