At least 270 ballot drop boxes to be deployed across Maryland for General Election

Posted at 7:03 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 07:27:10-04

The Maryland State Board of Elections announced on Wednesday that at least 270 ballot drop boxes will be deployed statewide for the 2020 General Election.

This is a large increase from the 75 that were made available for the primary. Delivery of ballot drop boxes to local boards of elections will begin the week of Sept. 28.

Local boards of elections will open ballot drop boxes soon after they are delivered and a schedule of drop box openings and drop box locations will be made available at a later date.

The Board also voted to authorize local boards of elections to begin canvassing mail-in ballots no earlier than Thursday, Oct. 1.

Results of canvassing will be embargoed until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. The canvass is the official tally of votes for the election.

Ballot applications will be mailed to 4 million registered voters beginning Monday, Aug. 24 through the end of August. Ballots will become available early October.

The Board also encourages all interested citizens to apply to serve as election judges here.