Advocates urge Hogan to adjust plan for traditional election

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Advocates urge Hogan to adjust plan for traditional election

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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.

During a news conference on Wednesday, they urged the Republican governor to expand mail-in voting for the general election to reduce health risks from crowded 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.  



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