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Mail-in ballot ordeal just gets worse and worse | READER COMMENTARY

State of Maryland absentee ballot application form
State of Maryland absentee ballot application form (Handout / Baltimore Sun)

This story, “Maryland ballot vendor abruptly quits as printing was to get underway; state signs deal with new firm” (Sept. 11), is incredible. Is there seriously no vendor in Maryland who can print ballots? Shouldn’t supporting local business be a priority for all state agencies?

The first vendor from Minnesota pulls out then they find another vendor — from Minnesota. As I was reading, I’m thinking surely they don’t mail them from Minnesota, but there it is at the end. Yup, and they were surprised that they were late last time. I am shaking my head.

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At least the new vendor is shipping them to Maryland and getting them in the mail here. The numbers also don’t make sense. There are 15 million ballots for a state of about 6 million people? I guess this is mail-in ballots plus in-person ballots, but still? I am not against mail-in ballots — I plan on taking that option — but how can anyone be confident in the system based on this article?

Wayne Evans, Pasadena

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