It’s Election Day: Here’s What You Need to Know

Today is the last day to vote in Maryland. More than 2.2 million Marylanders — about half of the state’s registered voters — voted ahead of Election Day, casting ballots by mail or in person.

Source: Maryland State Board of Elections


Election Day vote centers will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm. Anyone in line at 8:00 pm will be allowed to vote. Voters may cast their ballots at any election day vote center in the county in which they reside.

284 ballot drop boxes will be open until 8:00 pm to accept ballots, and mail-in ballots postmarked today by 8:00 pm will be counted.

The Maryland State Board of Elections is reminding Marylanders that while canvassing of ballots — which includes the opening and counting of ballots — could begin on October 1, results of ongoing canvassing will be embargoed until vote centers close on Election Day.

“Marylanders should be assured that, if a ballot was properly completed and submitted by the deadline, it will be counted in the election’s official results,” said State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone. “While media outlets may ‘call’ the election on election night, that determination is not based on an official count of ballots received. Due to the nature of this election, counting will continue for some time after Election Day.”

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections:

After vote centers close on Election Day, results from early voting (October 26 to November 2) and results from mail-in ballots counted up to Election Day will be released. In subsequent hours on Election Night, results from in-person Election Day voting will be released.

After Election Day, updated results will be released each day that ballots are counted. Not all counties may count ballots every day, but updates will be provided every day that ballots are counted. Counting of provisional ballots will start on the second Thursday after the election. These results will be announced when they are counted.

Stay tuned to MACo’s blog and our Conduit Street podcast for unbiased, non-partisan election news, details, and insider tips on what it all means for county government.

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