It may be weeks before Maryland’s July 19 primary election results are tabulated and certified. The issue: the growing popularity of voting by mail coupled with Maryland’s singular law on when and how mail-in ballots are handled.
Maryland State Sen. Cheryl Kagan said mail-in ballots “cannot be touched until Thursday after Election Day.”
Amanda Zoch, who works on issues tied to elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures said, “Maryland is unique in that it’s the only state that does not allow the processing of ballots until after the polls close on Election Day.”
Zoch explains that there’s a difference between the processing and counting of ballots.