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Frosh Writes To Gov. Hogan, Encouraging Him To Direct Vote-By-Mail Election

July 10th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today released the following statement regarding Governor Hogan's recent plan for the General Election.


“We cannot overstate the devastating consequences likely to result if the State of Maryland does not plan now to mail every voter a ballot for the 2020 Presidential General Election.”


“That is what the Maryland Association of Elections Officials, representing every single one of our state’s 24 jurisdictions, wrote to Governor Hogan on July 6th.


“Voting is the foundation of our democracy, and eligible citizens should be able to cast their votes under the least burdensome conditions possible.  We are in the middle of a pandemic that is burning out of control.  In Maryland more than 3,250 lives have already been lost.  Requiring voters to appear in person to cast their ballots unnecessarily puts voters’ lives and the lives of poll workers at risk. 


“We have had two prior vote-by-mail elections during the COVID-19 pandemic:  the special election in the 7th Congressional District on April 28, 2020, and the presidential primary election on June 2, 2020.  In these vote-by-mail elections, all active eligible registered voters were mailed a ballot and were able to return their ballots through the mail or by depositing them in specially designed drop boxes.  Both of these vote-by-mail elections resulted in record numbers of votes cast by Marylanders for comparable elections.


“Donald Trump and his acolytes are trying to undermine public confidence in the 2020 election by intentionally making false statements about the potential for fraud in a vote-by-mail election.  But Maryland had rejected those calls in the past, and certainly should do so again.


“Two days after receiving the strong advice from boards of elections across the state, and in the middle of the pandemic, Governor Hogan reversed course and refused to authorize a vote-by-mail election.  He offered no explanation for his change of course, and instead put out a press release trying to re-brand the return to in-person voting as ‘enhanced voting options.’  Governor Hogan’s plan does not enhance voting options.  It takes voting options away from Marylanders.  Indeed, it threatens to suppress the votes of hundreds of thousands of our citizens.


“If we vote as the Governor proposes, more than 4,000 election judges will have to be recruited and trained for Baltimore City.  Anne Arundel will need more than 3,000.  The judges will be exposed to each other during training and to thousands of voters during the election.  Who will take those risks?


“Some attack vote by mail elections claiming that they engender voter fraud.  The data reveals the ‘voter fraud’ argument itself to be a fraud.  Massive voter fraud is exceedingly rare because of the checks and balances that our election processes have in place to prevent it.  These checks include tight control and tracking of every ballot, with each ballot containing its own identifying number, as well as steps to verify the validity of a ballot if any questions arise.  


“We know these measures work.  In Maryland, in the 2012 presidential election, there were only two confirmed cases of voter fraud out of a total voter turnout of over 2.7 million, including both in-person and mail-in voting.  In the 2016 presidential election, in which more than 2.8 million voted, not a single person was prosecuted for voter fraud.  


“Throughout our nation’s history, and around the world, some have sought to gain or retain power by suppressing the right to vote.  Stacey Abrams, the director of Fair Fight, a national group fighting for voting rights, has warned that the methods deployed today to suppress the vote are ‘just as intentional and just as insidious’ as those of the past.  Many voter suppression efforts have been pursued under the pretext of preventing ‘voter fraud.’  We need to reject that effort in Maryland and reject it across the country. 


“The Maryland Association of Elections Officials specifically considered the option that Governor Hogan selected.  They said it would ‘cause voter confusion.’  They said that other jurisdictions that tried it found it was ‘costly, inefficient and unsuccessful.’


“I agree with Governor Hogan that ‘this discussion should not be subject to undue partisanship or political influence…’  Bowing to Donald Trump’s reckless demands for in-person voting puts at risk the lives of Maryland citizens and risks disenfranchising many thousands of eligible voters.  Governor Hogan should immediately reverse course and authorize a vote-by-mail election in the November presidential general election.”


12 Responses to “Frosh Writes To Gov. Hogan, Encouraging Him To Direct Vote-By-Mail Election”

  1. July 10, 2020 at 6:10 pm, Kathy said:

    F… No


    • July 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm, David said:

      So the Maryland Association of Election Officials knowns that our governor is a Donald Trump acolytes. How perceptive of them, of course they are non parison. If they need people that are not hiding in their basements afraid of the big bad coronavirus to be election judges then go to Lowe’s or Home Depot or Ocean City or one of the numerous protest to find candidates. If you are uncomfortable with going to the polls then get an absentee ballot. How is that “taking options away” or “confusing”? The Democrats are so power hungry not having control of the all branches of the government drives them nuts. Why not make it real simple, just sent out ballots already filled out? That would cut down on confusion. If the right party does control a district they will just redistrict until they get what they want. Welcome to the People’s Republic of Maryland.


    • July 11, 2020 at 8:29 am, Jay said:

      Why Kathy? Trump voted by mail in Florida a few months ago.


      • July 11, 2020 at 2:02 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

        > No Jay. She was referring to the clown Frosh who wants to force people to vote by mail only.


  2. July 10, 2020 at 6:44 pm, BM said:

    I like Gov. Hogan’s plan, voters can request by application an absentee ballot.
    Besides, if voters can stand in line at Lowe’s, Walmart and their liquor stores they can stand in line to vote.
    No matter what AG Frosh says, potential for fraud is too great. The Dems have proven they will stop at nothing to unseat this President.


  3. July 10, 2020 at 8:29 pm, Pat said:

    I couldn’t say it any better. The democrats will go to every extreme Possible to defeat Trump.


    • July 11, 2020 at 8:09 am, Jay said:

      This is why the majority of the country wants to defeat Trump:

      136,000 deaths and counting

      The United States has 4% of the world’s population

      We have 26% of the Covid cases worldwide

      We have 24% of the deaths worldwide

      But Trump’s buddy Roger Stone, who is a serial liar, dirty trickster, and 7 time convicted felon, has had his sentence commuted.


  4. July 11, 2020 at 9:15 am, Welchy said:

    Hogan making people request and absentee ballot THE HUMANITY!


    • July 11, 2020 at 2:02 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

      > What is wrong with requesting a ballot. Yes like nothing.


    • July 11, 2020 at 5:44 pm, BM said:

      > Hogan is following the letter of the law in this matter and AG Frosh knows it, and he still confronts Hogan on the issue. True class act!


  5. July 11, 2020 at 2:01 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    Hogan made up his mind. Shut up Frosh. You passed or wrote the law that allowed anyone to vote by absentee ballot. You are a clown. Hogan has done something right. Want to vote in person then you can. Want to vote by mail aka Absentee Ballot then you can. Someone should tell lunatic Frosh to put up or shut up.


  6. July 11, 2020 at 2:20 pm, Kathy said:

    Thank You, Joe


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