ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel County officials on Monday announced several voting options that would be available for election day.
Expecting an 85 percent voter turnout which equates to around 337,500 voters, the county Boards of Education and Elections are partnering to open 25 schools as voting centers along with three other locations.
Seven of those sites will open for early voting, starting on October 26.
Beginning on October 1 -- ballot drop boxes will be made available at all 28 voting locations and at the Board of Elections office in Glen Burnie.
Drop boxes will be monitored 24-hours a day by security and video surveillance.
County Executive Steuart Pittman called out Governor Larry Hogan and President Donald Trump, accusing them of making mail in voting more difficult during the pandemic.
“We started planning for a record-setting turnout a year ago,” said Pittman. “When the pandemic arrived we staged a successful mail-in election for the primary. The Governor is not allowing that for the general election, and now the President is telling us that the Postal Service may not be able to deliver our ballots. We must protect not only the health of our residents, but also the right of our people to vote."
Hogan directed the State Board of Elections to send each eligible voter an application for an absentee ballot. Elections Administrator Linda Lamone has said all of those should be mailed out by the end of August.
An absentee ballot can be requested up until October 20, by clicking here.
Statewide, the board voted to open 282 in person polling locations, including 80 for early voting starting October 29, and 127 drop boxes.
A full list of Anne Arundel County voting places can be found below.
*early voting sites are marked in bold italics
- Annapolis area
- Annapolis High School
- Bates Middle School
- Broadneck High School
- *Pip Moyer Recreation Center
- Rolling Knolls Elementary School
- Magothy River Middle School
- Brooklyn Park
- Brooklyn Park Middle School
- *Crofton Middle School
- Crofton Elementary School
- *South River High School
- Fort Meade
- Meade High School
- *Arundel High School
- Glen Burnie
- Board of Elections office - Ballot drop box only
- Corkran Middle School
- Glen Burnie High School
- Marley Middle School
- *North County High School
- Solley Elementary School
- Chesapeake Science Point Charter School
- Southern High School
- Southern Middle School
- Brock Bridge Elementary School
- Old Mill High School
- Millersville Elementary School
- Chesapeake High School
- *Northeast High School
- Heritage Community Church
- Severna Park
- Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Hall
- *Severna Park High School
For more information on voting in the county, check out their new one stop portal here.
Watch the entire press conference here.