How To Vote in the June 2 Primary
The primary will be held June to from 7 am to 8 pm. There is a lot of confusion about how to vote in this primary. I can tell you what I know and what is available on the Board of Elections (BOE) website:
1. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots were mailed randomly by county starting in early May. The last ballots were mailed Friday May 15.
If you don't know whether or not you are registered, you can check here: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch
If you are not registered to vote, you may do so here: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1
2. You may vote by returning your ballot in the mail, by dropping it off at one of the designated drop off locations, or by voting in person on election day at one of the voting centers. Note the instructions carefully:
If you vote by mail, your ballot must be postmarked no later than June 2.
There is only one drop off location in each county, however there are more than one voting center in most counties.
Drop off locations will be open Thursday, May 21, 2020 through Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Voting Center: If you cannot vote or return the ballot you received in the mail, or you did not receive a ballot in the mail, you may go to a vote center and vote. Vote centers will be open on June 2nd from 7 am to 8 pm.
Here is the list of drop off and voting center locations. Drop off locations are marked with an asterisk* https://www.elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/20_PP_Vote%20Centers_and_Drop%20off%20Locations.pdf
3. Be sure to fill out and sign your ballot correctly
If you mark your ballot incorrectly, you must request a new ballot! Don't try to erase and correct your mistake.
You must sign the oath on the outside of the envelope as shown below. Your ballot will not be counted if you don't.
Some envelopes may also be labeled "ID REQUIRED." In which case you will need to photocopy your drivers license or other ID, or a document with your name and address on it 3 months old or less. (No opportunity for vote fraud here right??)
4. If you need it, the BOE has a 7 minute video describing the mail in primary voting process here:
5. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call me at 424-425-4478 or go to the BOE website for a list of frequently asked questions, here: https://www.elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/index.html
6. It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Be sure to mark your ballot for Jim Simpson for Congress!