Absentee ballots from South Carolina had been present in Maryland this week, and South Carolina officers are blaming a Minnesota printing firm utilized by a number of closely populated counties.
The identical merchandising is being blamed by Maryland officers for delays in delivering absentee ballots to the state for its June 2 primaries.
About 20 absentee ballots for Charleston County in some way had been delivered to officers in Baltimore, the Publish and Courier reported this week. A state election board official stated it’s simply one in all a number of issues with SeaChange Print Improvements of Minnesota, which prints and mails absentee ballots for 13 South Carolina counties.
A spokesman for the election board stated the state would possibly discourage counties from utilizing the seller to print absentee ballots or lower off its contracts. South Carolina’s main for state and native seats is on June 9; an official for SeaChange declined remark to the newspaper.
The identical vendor didn’t mail a whole lot of 1000’s of ballots to Baltimore voters for practically per week regardless of assuring Maryland they had been on the way in which, the Baltimore Solar reported. U.S. Postal Service vehicles have been driving in a single day shifts since officers realized of the issue final weekend, transporting ballots from Minnesota to Maryland the place they’re positioned into the native mail system, stated Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections, advised the Solar.
Maryland is mailing ballots to about four million voters for the first, which is being held largely by mail as a result of coronavirus disaster. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan postponed the first from April to June.