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File #: 20-0240R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - November 2020 Mail-In Election
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 7/20/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 7/20/2020
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Title: Request for State Action - November 2020 Mail-In Election For the purpose of requesting that Governor Hogan make the November election a mail-in election, with the option of election day in-person voting, rather than a regular, in-person election.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Bill Henry, Mary Pat Clarke, Shannon Sneed, Edward Reisinger, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, John T. Bullock, Ryan Dorsey, Sharon Green Middleton, Danielle McCray, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Robert Stokes, Sr.
Indexes: Elections, Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. 20-0240R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Burnett


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - November 2020 Mail-In Election
For the purpose of requesting that Governor Hogan make the November election a mail-in election, with the option of election day in-person voting, rather than a regular, in-person election.
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Whereas, On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Governor Hogan ordered the State Board of Elections to run a regular, in-person election in November, with all precincts open for in-person voting, and, to accommodate those voters who might feel it is unsafe to vote in-person, to mail each voter an application for an absentee ballot;

Whereas, The Governor’s order requires the State Board of Elections to, in essence, conduct two elections - a vote by-mail election and an in-person election;

Whereas, This is a herculean task that sets the State up for failure;

Whereas, Primary elections conducted in a variety of states that required vote-by-mail ballot applications cost millions of additional dollars to be spent by those states, overwhelmed election staff with last-minute applications that could not be processed in time for Election Day, and required extending voting hours as applicants, who were unable to vote by-mail, were forced to the polls;

Whereas, Holding a regular in-person election will require people to spend prolonged periods of time indoors waiting to cast their votes, and t...

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