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Election Info: 2012 Primary
Important Election Information for the 2012 Presidential Primary
For the 2012 Presidential Primary Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, a voter can vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in his or her county of residence or vote on Election Day at the polling place for his or her residence.
Early voting centers will be open for voting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and Monday, March 26, through Thursday, March 29; and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. There is at least one early voting center in each county, and voters should vote at a designated early voting center in their county of residence. Addresses, driving directions and photographs of all of the early voting centers are available at www.elections.state.md.us/voting/early_voting.html.
Voters who prefer to vote on Election Day can vote on Tuesday, April 3. On Election Day, polling places will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Where Do I Vote?
During early voting, voters should vote at a designated early voting center in their county of residence. There is at least one early voting center in every county, and each center is located at an accessible facility with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most of the voters of the county. Information about the early voting centers and early voting in general is available at www.elections.state.md.us/voting/early_voting.html.
On Election Day, voters should vote at the polling place to which they are assigned. A voter can find his or her assigned precinct by looking at the voter notification card he or she received from the local board of elections or by visiting Welcome to the Maryland Elections Center | Maryland Elections Center. If a voter has moved and did not update his or her address with the local board, the voter should visit www.mdelections.org/ and search for the polling place for his or her new address or contact the local board of elections. It is important for the voter to vote in the polling place for his or her new address, as only those contests for which the voter is eligible to vote will be counted.
How Do I Vote?
All voters in Maryland use the same voting system. For early voting and polling place voting, voters use a touchscreen voting system. Instructions will be available for voters to familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot.
For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Voters fill in the ovals next to the candidates or ballot question responses for which they want to vote. At the local board of elections, the ballot is fed into an optical scan voting unit, which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters. All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are considered in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.
How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?
The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail, e-mail, or by fax is Tuesday, March 27. Voters can request to receive their absentee ballots by mail, electronically, or by fax. Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for downloading from the Maryland Elections Center's website (www.mdelections.org/). On this website, voters enter unique identifying information and print their ballots, voting instructions, and template for an envelope to return the voted ballot.
Starting Wednesday, March 28, through Election Day, voters must request an absentee ballot in person at a local board of elections. The absentee ballot application is available at www.elections.state.md.us/voting/absentee.html.
Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day or mailed on or before Election Day and received by the local board by Friday, April 13. All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.
What is a Provisional Ballot?
A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that an individual who believes that he or she is registered and eligible to vote is able to vote. If a voter is required to vote by provisional ballot, the voter will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application and issued a paper ballot. It is important that the voter complete the entire provisional ballot application, as the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.
All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election. A provisional ballot will only be counted after the local board of elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is not an alternative to the electronic voting system. Additional information about provisional voting is available at www.elections.state.md.us/voting/provisional_voting.html.
Additional election dates and information about the 2012 elections are available at www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/index.html. For more information, voters may contact the local boards of elections or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).
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