2020 Census & General Election Campaign

A Call To Action

The Chamber is calling on the business community and your network of family and friends to cast your vote and complete your 2020 Census.  As a race, we have the most to lose if we don’t actively participate in these campaigns.  Let’s demonstrate that “Black Lives Matter” through our actions.  We all have work to do to empower the Black community.

Important Time Sensitive Information!!

  •         5 Steps to Voting - What you should know about the General Election mail-in voting process: 5 steps to voting.pdf
  •         What we stand to lose if we are not counted in the 2020 Census

If we are not counted in the 2020 Census, we stand to lose already dwindling resources for the next 10 years. Such as:

  •          Postal Services
  •          Transit and Affordable Housing
  •          Access to hospitals and health care services
  •          Quality schools and childcare services
  •          Senior Services
  •          Food Relief
  •          Social and job training dollars and programs; and
  •          Adequate political representation in our districts

Did you know you can complete the 2020 Census by telephone?  Simply call the US Census Bureau at 844-330-2020.  Their Help Line is open from 7am to 2am Eastern Time until September 30, 2020.   

Maryland State Board of Elections Posts Ballot Drop Box Locations

ANNAPOLIS (Sept. 18, 2020) – The Maryland State Board of Elections today posted online a list of statewide ballot drop box locations for the 2020 general election as well as the dates each ballot drop box location will be available to voters. Once open, the ballot drop boxes will remain open until Election Day, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.

Each Maryland jurisdiction will have at least two ballot drop box locations available to voters. The state’s most populous counties and the City of Baltimore will have additional ballot drop boxes to accommodate the greater number of eligible voters residing in those jurisdictions. Voters can submit their completed mail-in ballots in any drop box located in their jurisdiction of residence.

In all, 283 ballot drop boxes will be available at 282 locations around the state. Two ballot drop boxes will be available at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The 283 boxes include 277 secured by the Maryland State Board of Elections and six boxes that counties already had in their possession. Individual ballot box locations were proposed by the local boards of election across the state.

The complete list of ballot drop box locations is available at:

https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/PG20_Drop%20Box%20Locations.xlsx

                                                                                                                                                                                

Eligible voters in Maryland have been mailed applications for mail-in ballots. Applications must be received by October 20. Mail-in ballots will be sent to voters via first-class U.S. Mail beginning in late September and continuing in October.

In order to be counted, mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3 and the oath on the postage-paid return envelope that arrives with the ballot must be signed. Those who choose to cast their votes using ballot drop boxes must submit their completed ballots by the final collection time – 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 – in order for their ballot to count. Just as with ballots submitted by mail, in order for ballots submitted at drop boxes to count they must be sealed in the return envelopes that accompany the ballots and the voter oath on the envelope must be signed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland State Board of Elections encourages voters to cast their ballots by mail and use ballot drop boxes. To make in-person voting safe, voters must remain six feet apart and wear a mask. To maintain proper distancing, the number of voters permitted inside a voting center at one time may be limited, which could result in lines and wait times.

Voters who choose to vote in person may do so from Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2, including Saturday and Sunday, or on Election Day, Nov. 3. Early voting and Election Day vote centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eligible voters may cast their ballots at any authorized voting location within their jurisdiction of residence.

A complete list of early voting locations can be found here:

https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/2020%20Early%20Voting%20Centers.pdf

A complete list of Election Day voting locations can be found here:

https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/PG20_List%20of%20Election%20Day%20Vote%20Centers.xlsx

Maryland State Board of Elections Issues Statement on USPS Postcard

 

ANNAPOLIS (Sept. 14, 2020) – The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) notified state election officials nationwide last week that it was mailing postcards to the public regarding vote by mail options in the 2020 General Election. Maryland election officials first learned of and saw the postcard on September 11 after it had been mailed. 

 

Portions of the postcard message are inconsistent with Maryland vote by mail guidelines. For instance, do not wait until 15 days before Election Day, November 3, to request a mail-in ballot. A voter’s request for a mail-in ballot in Maryland must be received by their local board of elections no later than October 20. If you request a ballot by mail, plan to mail your ballot application by October 15 to ensure that it will be delivered by October 20There is no need to wait. Submit your application for a mail-in ballot at your earliest convenience. 

 

Additionally, no postage is required to return a ballot that a voter received by mail. If you choose to have the mail-in ballot mailed to you, it will come with a pre-paid postage return envelope. If you choose to have your ballot emailed to you, you will need to print your ballot and pay the postage to return it.  

 

You may also choose to take your voted ballot to a ballot drop box in the county where you live.  There will be about 270 ballot drop off boxes throughout the State.  The locations of the ballot drop off boxes will be posted at elections.maryland.gov/2020 soon and will be included with mail-in ballot packets.

 

We encourage Maryland voters to verify accurate election information for Maryland at elections.maryland.gov/2020.

Applications for General Election Mail-In Ballots

On the Way to Eligible Maryland Voters

ANNAPOLIS (Aug. 31, 2020) – The Maryland State Board of Elections today announced that applications for mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 general election were mailed to eligible voters in each of the state’s counties as well as Baltimore City. The applications come with a postage-paid return envelope to make it easy and free for voters to request ballots.

While there are multiple ways to participate in the 2020 Presidential Election, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Maryland State Board of Elections is encouraging all eligible Marylanders to cast mail-in ballots. Voting by mail is a safe and secure way of voting.

To cast mail-in ballots, Maryland residents must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections or their local board of elections.

The Maryland State Board of Elections has mailed eligible voters an application for a mail-in ballot by first-class U.S. Mail. Some voters who requested a ballot prior to Aug. 6 may still receive a ballot application in the mail. This may happen if a voter’s request was not processed before Aug. 6. These voters should go online to verify their application has been processed. It is not necessary to send in two ballot requests.

Mail-in ballot applications began shipping by first-class U.S. Mail on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 to eligible voters in all counties and Baltimore City. 

Eligible voters in every Maryland jurisdiction should begin receiving ballot applications in coming days, if they haven’t already. Any eligible voter who does not automatically receive a ballot application by mail may request a ballot online or by printing and returning by mail or fax the request form on the State Board of Elections’ website.

All requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by Oct. 20, 2020. When requesting a ballot by mail, voters should leave at least five business days for the United States Postal Service to deliver the application to the local board of elections.

Mail-in ballots will be sent via first-class mail to the address the voter provides on the ballot request.

The Maryland State Board of Elections is encouraging eligible residents who have not yet registered to vote in the Nov. 3 general election to do so online. The board is also urging those who have already registered to go online to confirm that their mailing address and other registration information is up to date.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election and to verify voter registration information online is Oct. 13. Voters wishing to register to vote or to check their registration status should visit the following web page:

https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1.

“It is essential that all eligible Maryland residents have the opportunity to participate in the general election being held November 3,” said Maryland State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone. “For those who have not yet registered to vote, we strongly encourage you to do so. If you have already registered, please take this opportunity to review your voter registration information online and make any necessary updates. This will help ensure you have a seamless voting experience.”

Here’s what you need to know about the November 3, 2020 General Election:

 

Election Day will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and will be conducted in person-- per Governor Larry Hogan’s recent decision-- with precinct level polling locations open on election day and various early voting locations open throughout Maryland.

 

The Maryland State Board of Elections (BOE) will automatically mail an absentee ballot application (not your actual ballot, as was done in the primary) to the address that they have on file for you. You may also request an absentee ballot online by October 27, 2020. You can check which address the BOE has on file for you here.

 

If you need to register to vote or update your current address, you must do so by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Or you may exercise your right to “same day” register and vote during the early voting period and on election day. You can find further guidance on this process here.

 

If you are unable to vote by mail, you must vote in-person during the early vote period or on election day at your designated polling location in your jurisdiction. 

 

Please use this handy list of resources to ensure that you can continue to exercise your right to vote:

            • If you need to register to vote, click here.
            • To check your voter registration, text CHECK to 77788 or visit this link
            • If you are registered to vote and need to check that your address is up to date, click here.

Maryland State Board of Elections Increases Ballot Drop Boxes For General Election

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Aug. 19, 2020) -- The Maryland State Board of Elections today announced that at least 270 ballot drop boxes will be deployed statewide for the 2020 General Election, a significant increase from the 75 made available for the 2020 Primary Election. 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. 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. 

 

The Board approved Worcester County’s request to use the Roland E. Powell Convention Center as its early voting center, Allegany County’s proposed Election Day vote center locations, and Dorchester County’s proposed Election Day vote centers. The center locations in each jurisdiction are available from the respective local boards of elections.

 

Lastly, the Board voted to request additional funding from the Maryland Department of Budget & Management to pay for the mailing of ballot applications. 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 encourages all interested citizens to apply to serve as election judges at elections.maryland.gov. Election judges earn a stipend of up to $300 for their service answering democracy's call. Governor Hogan is allowing State employees to earn 16 hours’ administrative leave to serve as election workers, and county governments are encouraged to do the same. The Board is implementing a comprehensive public health plan with social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment to safeguard election workers and voters at in-person voting locations.

 

The Board will meet again on Friday, Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. The meeting can be viewed live at elections.maryland.gov.  

Board of Elections Approves Early Voting Days for General Election

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Aug. 12, 2020) -- The Maryland Board of Elections voted today to conduct early voting from Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2 (including Saturday and Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with early voting centers also open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. On early voting days, approximately 80 vote centers will open statewide. On Election Day, approximately 350 vote centers will be open statewide. Voters can cast their vote at any vote center in their county of residence. The Board also plans to make at least 127 ballot drop boxes available statewide.

 

As previously announced, Maryland residents are encouraged to cast a mail-in ballot in this year’s election as a public health precaution during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Board will mail applications for mail-in ballots to all Maryland voters at the end of August, or residents may request a mail-in ballot online by visiting elections.maryland.gov. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 20th.

 

“While we encourage Marylanders to cast mail-in ballots, providing nine days of in-person voting gives Marylanders the opportunity to vote in-person if they wish to do so,” said Linda Lamone, Administrator of the Board of Elections.”

 

The Board also encourages all interested citizens to apply to serve as election judges at elections.maryland.gov. Election judges earn a stipend of up to $300 for their service answering democracy's call. Governor Hogan is allowing State employees to earn 16 hours’ administrative leave to serve as election workers, and county governments are encouraged to do the same. The Board is implementing a comprehensive public health plan with social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment to safeguard election workers and voters at in-person voting locations.

 

The Board will meet again on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. The meeting can be viewed live at elections.maryland.gov


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