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Record numbers not expected to stop on election day

Posted at 4:26 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 09:17:30-05

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Early voting saw record numbers in our state. With four different ways for early voting, it's no wonder numbers were up. It seems like that trend will continue.

David Garreis is the Deputy Director of the Board of Elections in Anne Arundel County. Garreis saw a brisk response in his county for early voting, much like the rest of the state.

There will be about 321 sites throughout the state to vote on Election Day, November 3. Check your local board of elections websites or call for a voting place near you.

Election Day voting starts at 7 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

You still have time to mail in a ballot. That ballot must be post marked by 8 p.m. Election officials say the drop box is still your best bet. You have up to 8 p.m. on Election Day to submit them as well.

"It's just by going through the drop boxes, you eliminate the middle man, you eliminate the risk it's not going to get to us in time. So, that's why if you have the opportunity to use the drop box, use the drop box," he explained.

New this year, you can register to vote on Election Day. For same-day registration, the best thing to do is bring your driver's license or a state ID card with you. If your license has expired, not to worry.

Election judges are aware, because of the pandemic, the MVA have not renewed many licenses.

"And if you're not registered the election judge will scan that and that will bring up a pre-qualified list of voters , you'll be on that list because you have a record in the MVA data base and you'll be to get a ballot and cast it on a voting unit."

If you don't have a driver's license or State ID, bring a document with both your name and address on it; like a cable or utility bill. The more documentation you have, the better.

All these record-breaking voting numbers so far has made the almost two decades of election work for Garreis all worthwhile.

"You know people really care about the electoral process and they want to see it happen and they want to be a part of it. It's fantastic, its a great feeling to see so many people want to be a part of it."

Officials say the best time to vote may be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.