Maryland election officials say 20% of state's eligible voters have requested mail-in ballots

ANNAPOLIS, MD — With just 50 days away from the November general election, Maryland -- like the rest of America -- is relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help voters cast ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

More Marylanders will vote by mail this November than in any previous election. There could be millions of ballots being sent back and forth through the U.S. Postal Service by the time this election is over.

Maryland Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Government Operations pressed for details Monday about changes at the U.S. Postal Service ahead of November, questioning the conduct of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

"Mr. DeJoy's conduct sinks to new depths," said U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland.

"When we have to worry about whether we're Democrats or Republicans when it comes to the delivery of the United States mail, this country is in serious trouble," said Richard W. Painter, who was associate counsel to the president in the White House Counsel's office from 2005 to 2007.

Republicans called the hearing a political stunt.

"This absolutely is a waste of time. This is, in my opinion, as close to a kangaroo court as I've ever seen," said ranking member U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Georgia.

But there is no question that more people than ever before will mail in their vote this fall. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, 750,000 voters have requested a mail-in ballot so far, which is about 20% of the state's eligible, active voters.

"We prepare for as many voters to vote however they wish, and that's how many ballots and ballot packets we will provide," Deputy Elections Administrator Nikki Charlson said. Read more at WBALTV