The voters are just part of the equation. Local elections officials across the state — who as a group have urged Hogan to steer clear of the traditional model this year — estimate it will take 20,000 people to staff Maryland’s 1,700 polling sites. Most of these people are volunteers working for a stipend as a public service. Many are retirees, and their age puts them at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19. It will likely take a significant bonus to coax these people into putting in a 14- or 15-hour day at polling sites during the pandemic.