How Do I Vote?

The Dundalk Eagle - - SENIOR NEWS -

Mary­land elec­tions are con­ducted with a paper-based vot­ing sys­tem. Vot­ers will cast votes by mark­ing and scan­ning paper bal­lots. Most vot­ers will use a pen to mark a paper bal­lot by hand and vot­ers un­able to mark a bal­lot by hand will use a bal­lot mark­ing de­vice. 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.

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.

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