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Maryland Elections Board debunks false rumors on Election Day: here are 5 to be aware of today

The Maryland Board of Elections wants to tamp down on false rumors on Election Day.

The board maintains a list of common misconceptions about voting and the election, to give voters a better idea of what to expect and what is out of the ordinary.

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Here are a five of them, particularly relevant to this election cycle, as voters continue casting their ballots:

Rumor: Emails with the @marylandelections.us domain are spam

False. Emails ending in either the @maryland.gov and @marylandelections.us domains are legitimate. The Maryland Board of Elections uses both domains.

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The email address absentee3.sbe@marylandelections.us, for instance, is used to send information to voters who requested a mail-in ballot, the agency says. Voters should ensure neither email domain is filtered into a spam folder.

Rumor: Ballot dropboxes are operated and maintained by the Post Office

False. The ballot drop off boxes are operated, maintained, monitored and secured by local election officials. The drop-off boxes are not property of the United States Postal Service.

Rumor: Mail-in and Provisional Ballots only count if the election is close

False. Mail-in and provisional ballots are always counted, even if the outcome isn’t close. More information about absentee voting and provisional voting is available on the election board’s website.

Rumor: Election judges will not post results once the polls close

False. Election results are not posted during early voting. But once the polls close at 8 p.m., the state Board of Elections will release returns from three sources: mail-in ballots tallied so far, early voting ballots counted by scanners and Election Day ballots counted by scanners.

Election results will also be available from the State Board of Elections and the local boards of elections.

Rumor: You can submit your ballot online

False. A voter who receives a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections website must return the ballot by mail or ballot drop-off box.

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