BALTIMORE – Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District, today issued the following statement in response to the numerous missteps and errors with Maryland’s primary election scheduled for June 2.
“In these unprecedented times of peril, I don’t envy the job of state elections officials. Trying to balance the public health imperatives of keeping people safe with the constitutional absolutes of everyone having the right to vote is not easy.
And while in the past state elections officials may not have struck this balance perfectly, I chose to remain silent in recognition of their honest efforts.
However, it is now clear that the following significant and unnecessary errors make it impossible to move forward on the current trajectory:
- Ballots were sent to voters with the wrong date at the top. This will no doubt confuse many voters who will assume their ballot got lost in the mail and that the ballot they have is worthless. They are likely toss it in the garbage along with their right to vote.
- Failure to make it clear that postage is not needed in order for voters to mail back their ballots.
- Failure to allow enough time to do the required pre-mailing to voters, which caused the State Board to vote to repeal said requirement on an emergency basis.
We cannot move forward with the primary election on June 2 under these circumstances. We, along with other campaigns, are exploring potential remedies including seeking an injunction. The State Board of Elections MUST get this right and we must give them additional time to do so. Not a single ballot has yet been cast, so no one knows who such an injunction would benefit or injure, and perhaps that’s exactly the point: This must be about something greater than our individual campaigns. The right to vote is sacred, the Cummings for Congress campaign intends to leverage every resource at its disposal to keep it that way.”
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is running in Maryland’s Democratic primary on June 2, 2020.
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