Video of Montgomery County election worker darkening ballot oval goes viral

Video of election worker darkening oval on ballot goes viral

Plus: School leaders ask state for guidelines on COVID-19 vaccines, outbreak; $237K in grants awarded to 22 farms

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Video of election worker darkening oval on ballot goes viral

Montgomery County election officials held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss a viral video alleging that an election worker attempted to tamper with a mailed-in ballot.

Actually, Kevin Karpinski, counsel for the county’s elections board, said the canvass worker was darkening an oval that had been filled in too lightly, to make sure it would be picked up by the ballot scanners. That is allowed to ensure that as many eligible ballots as possible are counted. [Washington Post]

School leaders ask state for guidelines on COVID-19 vaccines, outbreak

School officials told Maryland lawmakers Wednesday they are still lacking clear, consistent guidelines from the state as they work to expand in-person learning.

At a briefing before a Senate committee, district leaders said they need more details on what constitutes an outbreak of COVID-19 and how they should respond.

“We would certainly appreciate a standing procedure,” said Jack Smith, the superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools. [Herald-Mail Media]

$237K in grants awarded to 22 Montgomery County farms

The Montgomery County Food Council announced Tuesday that $236,804 in grant funds have been awarded to 22 farms within the county.

The farms were selected to fund the expansion of their infrastructure to improve their contributions to the county’s farm to food bank program. [WDVM]

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