(ANNAPOLIS – April 1, 2020) – If you tuned-in to the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) Meeting, you may have come away with uncertainty as to how the State Board of Elections will handle mail-in voting. As Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, one of the three members of the BPW, reminded: This is something we’ve never done.
Just near the end of today’s meeting, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (sitting-in for Gov. Hogan) raised questions to Linda Lamone, Esq., the Administrator for the State Board of Elections, as to just how the mail-in voting preparation was going.
Truth be told, there are a ton of questions.
Long story short, the April 28th mail-in voting is for the 7th Congressional seat left vacant by the passing of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings. Kweisi Mfume, the former Congressman and NAACP CEO, is the Democratic nominee and Kimberly Klacik, who made a splash about the rats in Baltimore during a visit by President Trump, is the Republican nominee.
Franchot stated, “I have some major concerns as to if we can pull it off.”
Rutherford said, “By seeing what is done with this 7th Congressional election, it will give us some insight on how June 2nd will go.”
For those watching the Baltimore City election, especially the mayoral race, this is indeed the topic du jour. During the last citywide election in 2016, Baltimore City experienced over 1,800 voting irregularities in an election that Lamone de-certified.
Many will argue that this helped Catherine Pugh steal that election from Sheila Dixon. Anyone from Baltimore knows that Pugh couldn’t beat Dixon on her best day. As a result of Pugh’s ambitious nature, today Baltimore City is experiencing a national trendsetting status of being #1 in murder.
Pugh never cared about Baltimore, as we have seen. She only cared about herself.
And this is exactly why this mail-in voting has everyone’s attention. Can votes be stolen? Can votes not be counted? Can votes be excluded?
Truth be told, this mail-in should cause everyone some angst.