Just over a month before Election Day, mail-in voting was at the center of a legal battle between Maryland’s State Board of Elections and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox that would determine how long it takes to finalize results for the general election in November.
The debate between Donald Trump-aligned Cox and the election board concerns an outdated state law that prohibits election officials from counting mail-in ballots until two days after the election.
After a primary cycle plagued by long delays arising from counting a surge of mail-in ballots, the State Board of Elections petitioned a judge to suspend the law, a move that Cox opposed in court on grounds that judicial intervention was unconstitutional and unnecessary.
On Friday, the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to grant the state board’s petition, allowing local election officials to start counting mail-in ballots whenever they’re ready.
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