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Montgomery early voting dispute resolved with state OK

The State Board of Elections ended a dispute over early voting sites in Montgomery County on Friday by ratifying a decision by the local board keep two locations it had previously tried to close.

The state board voted 5-0 to approve the agreement reached by Montgomery Republicans and Democrats earlier this week.

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The Republican majority on the Montgomery board backed down from a plan to close a center in reliably Democratic Bethesda and move it to less populous but more Republican-friendly Potomac.

James Shalleck, the Republican president of the county board, said the members agreed unanimously to keep that site while urging the General Assembly to permit a 10th site in the county. The two Democrats on the state board had blocked the previous plan after hearing protests, sending it back to the county to reconsider.

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Shalleck said Montgomery lawmakers have agreed to sponsor legislation to add the 10th site. He said there was also discussion in the delegation of increasing the number of sites in Maryland's largest county to as many as 12.

The state board also approved 4-1 a motion asking Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and the General Assembly to consider allowing additional voting sites in counties that want them if the resources are available at the state and local level.

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