The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday announced that at least 270 ballot drop boxes will be deployed statewide for the 2020 General Election, a significant increase from the 75 made available for the 2020 Primary Election. Delivery of ballot drop boxes to local boards of elections will begin the week of September 28.
The Board also voted to authorize local boards of elections to begin canvassing mail-in ballots no earlier than Thursday, October 1, the earliest start in the nation. Results of canvassing will be embargoed until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3. The canvass is the official tally of votes for the election.
The Board approved Worcester County’s request to use the Roland E. Powell Convention Center as its early voting center, Allegany County’s proposed Election Day vote center locations, and Dorchester County’s proposed Election Day vote centers. The center locations in each jurisdiction are available from the respective local boards of elections.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan last week approved an SBE plan to designate each of Maryland’s 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election.
Each registered voter who has not already requested a mail-in ballot will be mailed a mail-in ballot application. In the meantime, voters who know they want to vote-by-mail may request a mail-in ballot via the SBE.
How to Request a Mail-In Ballot
Any registered voter may vote by mail-in ballot. Marylanders do not need a reason to vote by mail-in ballot. It is simply another way for residents to vote if they do not want to or cannot vote an early voting center or vote center.
There are three ways a resident can request a mail-in ballot.
- Online if you have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card.
- Complete and return one of the forms below. Read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment).
- Go to your local board of elections and fill out and turn in the form.
* SBE will mail this form to each eligible voter who hadn’t already requested a ballot. If you already submitted a form, you do not need to submit another one. Use SBE’s Voter Look-Up website to check that you submitted a request.
In order to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election, SBE must receive the request by October 20, 2020.
Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.