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The 10 states where the electorate looks the most like the population

There are some notable disparities between the share of Americans considered reliable voters and the actual demographic makeup of the country.

The people most likely to turn up at the polls every election are generally older, richer, whiter and a tiny bit more female than the population on the whole. But a new analysis from the personal financial services website WalletHub reveals that the electorate in some states comes much closer than others to reflecting the gender, racial and age makeups of the places where they live.

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Maryland election officials are struggling to recruit enough poll workers for the general election.

Poll worker shortage has Maryland officials seeking to cut voting sites

Coronavirus concerns and a shortage of poll workers has the Maryland Board of Elections seeking a drastic reduction in the number of places to vote in November.

Gov. Larry Hogan has not yet said whether he will grant the board's request, delivered Friday, for permission to open just 282 voting centers this fall — or one-seventh the usual 1,600, in the reliably blue state. Last month, the Republican governor had directed officials to keep every in-person polling location open on Election Day, while also mailing absentee ballot applications to every voter.

What Hogan termed his plan for a "normal" election immediately raised concerns from Democrats, local election officials and good-government groups who said the arrangements would be too expensive and difficult to execute.

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Can you spot the gerrymandered congressional district?

Think you can recognize what congressional districts look like? Take this quiz to see if you can pick out which pieces were drawn on maps by legislatures and which ones are abstract doodles created by our staff.

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Gov. Larry Hogan instructed local election officials to keep all early polling places open this fall

Governor's 'normal' election plan could cost Maryland $21 million

Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to move forward with a "normal" general election in Maryland will come at a steep cost to the state, especially if the federal government doesn't lend a hand like it did for the primary.

The State Board of Elections estimated Tuesday that the governor's plan will cost almost $21 million. The amount is not entirely in the state budget because much of the money would go to print and pay postage on a surge of absentee vote applications, ballots and return envelopes — plus cleaning supplies and protective gear at 1,600 polling places. None of that was expected before the coronavirus pandemic.

Democrats, local election officials and voting rights advocates have all raised concerns that the plan by Hogan, the Republican governor of a lopsidedly Democratic state, is setting Maryland up for failure. They worry it costs too much, could confuse voters and will stretch election workers too thin. But Hogan, who's already eying a run for president in 2024, has stood firm despite the pushback, saying his plan will give voters options.

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