What steps do I take to vote in-person? SBE issues guidance

What steps do I take to vote in-person? SBE issues guidance

It took about a half hour to vote at Long Reach High School in Columbia Monday afterrnoon. MarylandReporter.

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The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the in-person voting process and the Maryland State Board of Elections advised Monday to try and make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

The advice includes wearing masks, practicing social distancing, double-checking polling locations, following weather forecasts, trying to vote between 10 a.m. t0 2 p.m, and, if voting later-to be in line by 8 p.m. at the latest. Polls across the state will open at 7 a.m on Tuesday.

“It is imperative that every eligible Marylander have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote,” SBE Administrator Linda Lamone said in a statement. “Election officials across the state are prepared to keep vote centers open as long as it takes for voters who were in line by 8 p.m. to cast their ballots.”

Lamone said that those who voted before Election Day and have not yet received notification that their ballot has been counted should not worry.

“Some voters will understandably be concerned that a ballot they submitted prior to Election Day is not showing as counted on the ballot tracker by November 3,” she said. “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. 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.”

More than 2.1 million Marylanders, which is more than half of the state’s registered voters have already cast ballots in the 2020 election. More than 850,000 voted in-person and more than 1.3 million voted by mail. More than 360,000 mail-in ballots are still outstanding. Monday is the last day for early voting.

While Maryland is not considered in play in the presidential race, several important initiatives are on the state’s ballot this year. One would legalize sports betting and another would give the General Assembly the authority to add items to the state’s budget provided that those items do not exceed the spending ceiling imposed by the governor.

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Bryan@MarylandReporter.com

Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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