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Judge to rule on early vote counting Tomorrow

September 22nd, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The Montgomery County Circuit Court will decide on Friday whether to allow Maryland poll workers to begin counting mail-in ballots for the Nov. 8 election early. Judge James Bonifant heard arguments this week from attorneys for the Maryland State Board of Elections to allow the hundreds of thousands of expected mail-in ballots to be counted as early as Oct. 1 to avoid delays in determining the winners in the fall contests. Attorneys for Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox, who is challenging the petition, argued against the change. Election board members said the current rule of waiting to count votes until the Thursday after the election will “leave local, statewide, and even federal contests without certified results until late December 2022 or early January 2023.”  Cox has said he opposed the change in counting the votes because it may jeopardize the integrity of the election…