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If Hogan wants national standing, let him lead on issue of vote counting | READER COMMENTARY

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. In every U.S. presidential election, thousands of ballots are rejected and never counted. They may have arrived after Election Day or were missing a voter's signature. That number will be far higher this year as the coronavirus pandemic forces tens of millions of Americans to vote by mail for the first time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. In every U.S. presidential election, thousands of ballots are rejected and never counted. They may have arrived after Election Day or were missing a voter's signature. That number will be far higher this year as the coronavirus pandemic forces tens of millions of Americans to vote by mail for the first time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (Ted S. Warren/AP)

In the recent article, “Do Maryland Gov. Hogan’s latest moves foreshadow a 2024 campaign for president?” (Oct. 26), The Sun describes Gov. Larry Hogan as “honing his talking points about dysfunction in Washington ... to work for the greater good.” With President Donald Trump questioning the legitimacy of mail-in ballots and refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power, now is the time for Governor Hogan to take a clear and unequivocal stand on election integrity.

Mr. Hogan should join the 64 Maryland organizations and 37 elected officials who have signed the Count Every Vote! Maryland Agreement as of this writing. Our agreement insists that every lawful ballot be counted before election results can be considered legitimate. We will contest any results that do not include the counting of all lawful votes. We will publicly support Americans who peaceably demonstrate in favor of accurate and thorough vote counting. We will insist on a peaceful transfer of power.

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We know these moderate goals are also goals of Governor Hogan. He should use his influence, as former chair of the National Governors Association, to convince fellow Democratic and Republican governors to do the same. Our democracy is at stake.

Sarah Bur, Baltimore

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The writer is convener of Count Every Vote! Maryland.

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