Early voting in Maryland starts Thursday, Oct. 27, and will run daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Thursday, Nov. 3. Maryland residents next can cast their ballots 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Capital News Service spoke with the Maryland State Board of Elections to answer frequently asked voting questions.
Where can I vote?
Registered Maryland voters can find their voting location on the Maryland State Board of Elections website, said Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator for the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Voters can search for their polling location by viewing their voter registration online. If the address attached to the voter registration is correct, the website will tell users where to vote. If the address is incorrect, users can enter their correct address and be directed to the polling location associated with it.
“We just want (voters) to go to the polling place assigned to where they live now so that we can get them the right ballot,” Charlson said.
Some counties, like Howard or Anne Arundel, have early voting locations, mail-in ballot drop boxes, and election-day polling locations for residents listed on their websites.
How do I determine if I am eligible to vote?
Voter eligibility requirements are listed here on the state’s election website. To register to vote in Maryland, you must be a U.S. citizen, a Maryland resident, and at least 16 years old, although residents cannot vote until 18. The voter registration online deadline has passed, but Marylanders can register to vote in person until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
People in Maryland correctional facilities are also eligible to vote if they have not been convicted of a felony, Charlson said. Those who have been convicted of a felony are eligible to register to vote after completion of a “court-ordered sentence of imprisonment,” according to the board of elections.
What is the deadline for returning my mail-in ballot?
There are two options for returning mail-in ballots. Ballots may be returned in person to a local board of elections until 8 p.m. on Nov. 8. Ballots can also be returned to an early voting center or ballot drop-off box by the time polls close.
Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before November 8, and a local board of elections must receive the ballot by 10 a.m. on November 18.
Mail-in ballots can be dropped off at a local board of elections, at early voting centers, or ballot drop-off box locations.
How soon will we know the results of the election?
Charlson said election results would be posted on a rolling schedule. Once the polls close on Nov. 8. results from early voting will be posted. During the evening of Election Day, results will be posted as the state board of elections receives them, said Charlson.
Are votes being counted now?
There are some local boards of elections that are counting votes now, but the official results will not be posted until after the polls close on Election Day, Charlson said. Each county counts ballots.