A judge is keeping vote-by-mail protected in Annapolis. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera found it would not be in the public’s interest to review a case for vote-by-mail, so she has signed an order to deny the cases’ hearing. Many fellow public servants are applauding Barbera’s decision. City Attorney D. Michael Lyles says he believes mail-in-voting will be necessary going forward, especially as the city navigates its way out of the pandemic. The city will begin sending registered voters mail ballots in wards three, four and eight on August 30th. Every registered voter will be mailed a general election ballot in November.