Updated Voting Information for the June 2 Primary
Updated: Jun 1
What could possibly go wrong? (Sarcasm.) To understand your voting options for this primary you actually need to speak with someone from the State Board of Elections. I did so recently and it clarified some issues for me. I did this because I had gotten questions from some voters who had not received their absentee mail-in ballot or who wanted to know about other options. Many people don't know, for example, that you can vote in person on June 2. If you did not receive a ballot in the mail, you can also get one on June 2 at designated locations, fill them out and drop them off there.
Vote Fraud Discussion
First, as many of you may already know, there are many problems with mail-in ballots, the "tool of choice for vote thieves." If so inclined, people can play all kinds of games with them, especially in states that allow ballot harvesting. That is where someone can go and pick up ballots from multiple voters and turn them in. Since it is not the voter turning in the ballot, was the voter even the one to fill it out? Many formerly GOP congressional seats in California were won by Democrats in 2018 through this legalized form of vote fraud. 28 states, including Maryland allow some form of vote harvesting.
Many people I have spoken with do not trust the mail, and are going to drop their mail-in ballot off at one of the designated locations for each county. For your information, the envelope you mail your ballot in has been pre-marked, designating whether the voter is Republican or Democrat. Look on the outside of your mail-in envelope. Under your name you will see the following coding.
REP 02 ABVT stands for Republican Party, Congressional District 2, Absentee Vote. Any partisan postal worker seeing this will know if this is a Republican or Democrat ballot, and could simply throw out or destroy it. Most postal workers are honest and reliable, but there may be a few who aren't. Also, ballots can simply be lost in the mail. Wisconsin had a major problem with this in its 2020 primary, and has launched an investigation into why so many ballots were lost. Like Maryland, it is a state drowning in unscrupulous, partisan Democrat activists.
Your Voting Options
I am going to describe below the options you do have for voting in the primary. I do hope the governor will come to his senses and allow in-person voting this November, but for now we are stuck -- primarily but not exclusively -- with mail in ballots.
1. You can vote in person on election day, June 2, 2020 if you do not have a ballot or cannot otherwise vote by mail (whatever that means). There are a few locations in each county designated specifically for it. They are all listed, by county, in this link. You may also drop off ballots at these locations.
I think you can go to any of the various locations to vote in person -- not necessarily in your county or congressional district. Wherever you go, be sure to get a ballot for the congressional district you live in. In my race, that's District 2. Go to that location most convenient for you and you should be able to vote in person. You can also do same-day registration and voting, but be sure to bring a valid ID to register.
District 2 covers parts of five counties. The map is shown below. Shaded areas are District 2. It is insanely gerrymandered. Under the map I have listed the voting locations in those counties.
The ones with the **double asterisk are actually in District 2, but as I said earlier, you don't have to vote in the district tomorrow:
Ann Arundel County (none in D2)
Odenton Regional Library 1325 Annapolis Road Odenton, MD 21113
Glen Burnie Regional Library 1010 Eastway Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Severna Park Community Library 45 West McKinsey Road Severna Park, MD 21146
Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center 273 Hilltop Lane Annapolis, MD 21403
**Mount Pleasant Church & Ministries 6000 Radecke Avenue Baltimore, MD 21206
**Dr. Carter G. Woodson School #160 2501 Seabury Road Baltimore, MD 21225
Edmondson High School 501 N. Athol Avenue Baltimore, MD 21229
University of Maryland at Baltimore Community Engagement Center 870 W Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Northwestern High School #401- Added 5/20/20 6900 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
Northwood Elementary School #242- Added 5/20/20 5201 Loch Raven Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21239
**Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road Dundalk, MD 21222
Arbutus Community Center, 865 Sulphur Spring Road Baltimore, MD 21227
Honeygo Run Community Center, 9033 Honeygo Boulevard Perry Hall, MD 21128
Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Harford County (NOTE: This is the only place in Harford County to either drop off ballots or vote)
McFaul Activity Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road Bel Air, MD 21014
Howard County (none in D2)
The Bain Center 5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia, MD 21044
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex 5001 Meadowbrook Lane Ellicott City, MD 21043
There are also DROP OFF ONLY locations listed in the same link on the BOE website. You cannot vote in person at DROP OFF ONLY locations on June 2, The DROP OFF ONLY locations in the five counties covered by District 2 are listed below.
Anne Arundel County Board of Elections 6740 Baymeadow Drive Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Baltimore City Board of Elections Benton Office Building 417 E. Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore County Board of Elections 11112 Gilroy Road Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Howard County Board of Elections 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200 Columbia, MD 21046
Harford County: McFaul Activity Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road Bel Air, MD 21014
If you use the mail-in ballot, BE SURE TO SIGN THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE AS INDICATED BELOW. Some voters are not signing their absentee ballots and their vote will not count.
If you did not receive a mail-in ballot in the mail, you can also request a mail-in ballot from the BOE at their website, HERE. But that is sketchy. They say they will email you a ballot to download and print out -- within 48 to 72 hours. Not enough time...
All so simple. What could possibly go wrong?