ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Ballots are now being mailed to voters in Maryland, the state elections board announced Thursday.

The board says almost 800,000 ballot packets will be shipped to voters over a five-day period — starting Thursday.

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The board also says it’s expediting the delivery process by entering them directly into the local mail stream as first-class mail.

The first set of emails to domestic voters who requested a ballot by email were also sent Thursday.

Ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters who requested ballots by mail last week, the board said. The board said emails were sent to military and overseas voters who requested their ballots via web delivery on Friday.