Maryland

Snapshot: Maryland receives a good score for ease of voting and a middling score for ballot security. It has a good score among elected officials for responding to claims about the 2020 election.

Ease of Voting

Many measures to expand access
6 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
4 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
3 out of 4 benchmarks

Maryland made a number of changes to make voting easier since 2020, but Republican Governor Larry Hogan vetoed several bills that would have gone further.

New legislation passed in 2021 has expanded access to early voting and vote-by-mail and taken steps to make it easier for members of the military, students and ex-convicts to vote.

But Hogan, a Trump critic who cast a symbolic write-in vote for deceased former president Ronald Reagan on his 2020 ballot, vetoed another measure that he said did not do enough to improve election security.

That bill would have allowed voters who forgot to sign their mail-in ballot envelope to add a signature in order for it to be counted, a standard procedure in other states that Maryland currently lacks.

In his veto message, he noted that Maryland is one of nine states that require voters sign the ballot envelope but do not check the signature against the one on their voter registration file.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Maryland compares to other states
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New laws passed in Maryland in 2021 allow voters to sign up to receive a mail-in ballot automatically each election, allows the use of ballot drop boxes, increase the number of early voting centers in every county, expand early voting hours, make it easier for members of the military to register to vote online, require public universities take more steps to encourage students to register to vote, and require officials to give a voter registration application to people leaving prison.

A 2022 law repealed a statute barring polling places from any building where alcohol is also served.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Maryland compares to other states
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A 2022 law bars voters from requesting a recount in cases where a candidate won by more than 5%.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
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How Maryland compares to other states
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Maryland’s only Republican US representative, Andy Harris, signed an amicus brief supporting the Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the election and objected to the certification of Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Republican governor nominee Dan Cox organized buses to Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and tweeted that Vice President Mike Pence was a “traitor” as the Capitol was under attack.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
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