Maryland court upholds earlier mail-in ballot count

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has upheld a lower court’s granting of an emergency petition from the state elections board that will allow mail-in ballots to be counted earlier than currently allowed by state law. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Matthew Fader wrote Friday that the granting of the petition last month by a circuit judge in Montgomery County is “affirmed in all respects” for reasons that will be stated in a later opinion. The Maryland State Board of Elections said in a statement that the decision will be instrumental in helping local election officials complete the timely canvassing and tabulation of ballots and meet all relevant statutory deadlines.

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