Baltimore Delegate Pushing Drive-Through Voting in November

State Delegate Michele Guyton is pushing drive-through (curbside voting) this November

Maryland state Del. Michelle Guyton (D-Baltimore County) is pushing for drive-through voting this November.

The Baltimore Democrat announced Wednesday that she spoke to the Maryland State Board of Elections about the idea.

Guyton, who represents District 42B, pointed to major American cities like Albuquerque, New Mexico, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and other jurisdictions in Utah, Texas, Colorado, and Michigan that have implemented a vote-by-car system.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) requested the State Board of Elections to conduct a traditional election this November: Polling locations will be open and every eligible voter will receive an absentee ballot request form.

How does drive-through voting work in practice?

A poll worker hands a voter their ballot upon arrival at their voting location.

The voter fills out their ballot and hands it off to a poll worker. The poll worker inserts the ballot into the voting machine.

Guyton said some polling locations and drive-through COVID-19 testing sites would generally accommodate drive-through voting.

The delegate said she introduced curbside voting legislation in the 2020 legislative session. The House Ways and Means Committee received Guyton’s bill.

Guyton’s legislation would expand voting access for the elderly and disabled citizens. She says curbside voting would increase in-person voting while maintaining the health and safety of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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