The Maryland Supreme Court’s rejection of failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cox’s challenge to the pre-Election Day counting of mail-in ballots was unanimous.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Dan Cox’s constitutional challenge to the order that permitted the early counting of mail-in ballots in the 2022 general election he lost.
In at least five major races in Maryland, Republican candidates led on Election Night only to see their leads slip away as mail-in ballots were counted.
The order allows the state's 24 local boards of election to begin counting mail-in ballots as they are received.
An attorney for the Maryland State Board of Elections is asking the state's highest court to ignore a portion of an appeal by a gubernatorial candidate, claiming the issue was not argued in a lower court.
Republican Dan Cox is asking the Court of Appeals to overturn a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge's order issued last month.
A three-judge panel of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has denied a request to stay a lower court order that would allow mail-in ballots to be counted as early as Saturday.
Attorneys for Del. Dan Cox, the Republican nominee for governor, said they will appeal a court order that would allow early counting of mail-in ballots before the November general election.
Election boards around Maryland can count mail-in ballots early under a ruling issued Friday by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge.
Some crucial swing states allow no-excuse mail-in ballots but give local election offices no time before Election Day to process them.
Lawyers for Dan Cox contend that state elections officials, in seeking early counting of mail-in ballots, have failed to prove there is an emergency requiring court intervention.
Maryland's Republican nominee for governor has filed a motion to block a court order that would allow the early counting of mail-in ballots in the general election.