Court date set for hearing on reprinting of Maryland ballots

WASHINGTON — A Maryland judge has set a court date in the fight to get the State Board of Elections to reprint the ballots for the state’s June primary.

Maryland Democrat Valerie Ervin’s lawyer asked a judge to order the State Board of Elections to reprint the Democratic ballot to show Ervin as a gubernatorial candidate.

The judge denied that request but set a hearing date for Monday.

Ervin decided to run for governor in place of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly. Kamenetz was running for governor with Ervin as his running mate.

Ervin picked Marisol Johnson to run with her for lieutenant governor.

Linda Lamone, the elections board administrator, said there was no time or money enough to do the reprint and that the one source for the ballot paper couldn’t fill the order in time for early voting, which starts June 14.

Ervin’s lawyer, Mariana Cordier, disputes that.

The Maryland State Democratic Party, along with several of the Democratic candidates for governor — including Ben Jealous and Rushern Baker — have asked the state board to change the ballot.

Tech entrepreneur Alec Ross and Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno had already supported the push to get the ballots changed so that voters would see Ervin at the top of the ticket with Johnson as her running mate.

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