Dorchester election board releases voting information
CAMBRIDGE — For the 2016 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot.
To vote in person, voters who reside in Dorchester County can vote before election day at an early voting center in Dorchester County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Dorchester County.
Early voting centers will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 27, through and including Thursday, Nov. 3. The best days to vote early to avoid delays are Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30. The early voting center in Dorchester County is located at the Dorchester County office building at 501 Court Lane.
Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. On election day, polling places will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
On election day, Dorchester County voters should vote at their assigned polling place. Voters can find their assigned polling place by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Dorchester County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find your Polling Place link at www. elections.maryland.gov. Voters who have moved, but have not updated their address with the Dorchester County Board of Elections, should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Dorchester County Board of Elections. It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted.
There is a new paperbased voting system in Maryland. Voters will now cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use pens to mark paper ballots by hand but, there will be an accessible device for voters who need help reading or marking a ballot. All voters will insert their marked paper ballots into a scanner. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot.
The deadline to request a 2016 Presidential General Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, Nov. 1. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election for online delivery is Friday, Nov. 4. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot.
A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot may request an absentee ballot (1) online for voters with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card; (2) by submitting a signed application; (3) in writing; or (4) in person at the Dorchester County Board of Elections. To request an absentee ballot application from the Dorchester County Board of Elections, call 410-2282560 or visit the office at 501 Court Lane, Room 105, Cambridge MD from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters also may visit www.elections. mar yland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot online, to print an application, or for more information.
If a voter wishes to receive the absentee ballot by mail, the Dorchester County Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application; if the request is mailed by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, or if the request is submitted online or by email or fax, by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
If a voter wishes to receive the absentee ballot online, the Dorchester County Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application; if the request is mailed by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, or if the request is submitted online or by email or fax, by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.
If a voter misses the applicable deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at the Dorchester County Board of Elections at 501 Court Lane, Rm. 105, Cambridge MD 21613.
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 or use the online ballot marking tool to mark and print the ballot. To mark a ballot by hand, voters fill in the ovals next to the candidates or ballot question responses for which they want to vote.
At the Dorchester County Board of Elections, the ballot is fed into a scanner 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.
Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Dorchester County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on election day or mailed on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, Nov. 18. All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.
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 Dorchester 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 www. elections.maryland.gov/ voting/provisional_voting. html.
Voters can visit www. elections.maryland.gov/ elections/2016/index.html for more 2016 election information or contact the Dorchester County Board of Elections at 410-2282560 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222VOTE (8683).