It’s tough to avoid a train wreck, even when you see it coming. That’s what the battle in Maryland looks like to me, and colleagues who I talked to at the AEI/Brookings conference felt the same way.
The Baltimore Sun story brings us up to date. In brief
- Opponents have submitted sufficient signatures to force the early voting plan onto the ballot, but the attorney general indicates that they may be too late, because early voting was adopted more than a year ago (but there are disagreements with this interpretation)
- The secretary of state, Mary Kay, who must approve the signatures, is the wife of the head of the state Republican Party
- Both sides believe that early voting will end up being critical in a set of hard fought contests in the Fall.
Get out of the way, Maryland citizens. The wreck is coming!