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When, Where And How To Vote In The General Election

Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

10/15/2018, 2:02 p.m.
For the 2018 General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who ...

For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Absentee voters who choose to receive their ballot electronically print their own paper ballot to mark by hand. Voters fill in the oval next to each candidate and ballot question response they select. An online ballot marking tool is also available. Using the tool, voters mark their ballot using their computer, then print their paper ballot and return it by mail. At the Baltimore County Board of Elections, absentee ballots are fed into a scanning unit which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters.

All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.

How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?

Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax. Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, November 2, 2018. Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template.

If a Baltimore County voter misses the above deadlines but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections before 8:00 pm on election day. Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html for more information.

Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8:00 pm on election day, November 6, 2018, or mailed on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, November 16, 2018.

All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.

What is a Provisional Ballot?

A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.

All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election. A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Baltimore County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. Additional information about provisional voting is available at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html

Voters can visit elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/index.html for more 2018 election information or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).