Anne Arundel County residents have until Wednesday to register to vote, change their address, change their party affiliation or request to receive the ballot electronically ahead of Maryland’s June 2 primary election, which will take place primarily by mail, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
“Free and fair elections are the very foundation of American democracy, and our ultimate goal must be to do everything possible to ensure the voice of every Marylander is heard in a safe and secure manner,” Hogan said in his announcement.
All active registered voters who are members of either the Democratic or Republican parties should have received, or soon be receiving, a ballot in the mail to vote for the presidential primary, county judges and school board members, depending on which district they live in. At least 330,000 ballots have been sent out so far in Anne Arundel County, said county Elections Director Joseph Torre.
Independent voters are only allowed to vote in nonpartisan primary races, so they will only get a ballot if they live in District 3 or District 6. There is also a race in District 2, but there are only two candidates running, so they will be voted on in the General Election in November. Independent voters in other districts won’t get a ballot, because the judgeship race is technically a partisan race, according to Donna Duncan, assistant deputy for election policy at the Maryland State Board of Elections.
If a resident believes they should have received a ballot but have not, they can call the Anne Arundel County Board of elections at 410-222-6600 or send an email to inquire or request a replacement ballot, Torre said. Because residents can still request ballots, change their party affiliation or request a replacement, the number of ballots sent out in Anne Arundel will likely fluctuate, he said.
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Ballots must be marked with a black pen and bubbles next to your candidate of choice must be completely filled out. If the ballot says “ID required” the resident is required to send a copy of their government issued identification or a document proving current residence with the ballot. If the ballot includes a request for Maryland driver’s license or social security number, that form should be sent back separately from the ballot, according to the State Board of Elections. Once the ballot has been filled out and any accompanying forms are complete, a voter must sign and date the voter oath, otherwise the ballot will not be counted.
Ballots received by internet delivery still need to be printed out and dropped off or mailed. A mailed ballot must be postmarked by 8 p.m. on June 2 or sooner, otherwise it won’t be counted. Ballots are already postmarked, so there is no need to add a stamp or pay for postage.
Once a resident receives and fills out their ballot, they can either mail it in or drop it off at one of six ballot drop box centers in the county: