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CAIR Urges Maryland Attorney General to Investigate After Multiple Voters Report Problems, Unrecorded Ballots During Vote-By-Mail Primary Election

Civil Rights Organization Echoes Calls for State Board of Elections Administrator to Step Down  

(BALTIMORE, MD., 6/10/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to investigate and take appropriate action after multiple voters in different counties have complained about delays in receiving their mailed ballots, and the status of their ballot not being marked as ‘Accepted’ on the Board of Elections website even weeks after having submitted them in the state’s 2020 vote-by-mail primary election. 

SEE: Maryland must fix election problems before November 

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0608-maryland-primary-election-problems-20200615-htga53ajojh45lagn4rza2wiv4-story.html

Mail-in ballot delays in Maryland threaten statewide primary, activists say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/mail-in-ballot-delays-in-maryland-threaten-statewide-primary-activists-say/2020/05/26/ee05134e-9c59-11ea-ad09-8da7ec214672_story.html

The civil rights organization is also echoing the calls of Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and Comptroller Peter Franchot for State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone to step down from her position as the top elections official in Maryland.

SEE: Officials want to remove Maryland’s top elections administrator. It’s not so easy

“Fair elections are the foundation of a healthy democracy, and the most fundamental principles distinguishing credible elections is that they must be transparent, equitable, inclusive and reflect the people’s will,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “Voter suppression is a substantial and legitimate concern. In order to maintain integrity in the election process ahead of November, we call on Ms. Lamone to step down immediately from her post and urge Attorney General Frosh to investigate and help restore trust and confidence among Maryland voters.” 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,  zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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