A Montgomery County circuit court judge sided with the state Board of Elections on Friday, ruling that Maryland elections officials may process and count mail-in ballots as they come in. In granting the election board’s petition, Chief Administrative Judge James Bonifant accepted their argument that the expected deluge of mail-in ballots would result in a weeks-long delay before results could be tabulated, potentially creating turmoil. He rejected arguments advanced by attorneys for Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), the GOP candidate governor. “There is no doubt that the increased number of mail-in ballots will have an enormous effect on the process of this election,” said Bonifant, in a ruling he delivered from the bench.
Judge grants elections board request to count mail-in ballots as they arrive
September 26, 2022