Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Wicomico County Board of Elections.
SALISBURY, Md.- For the 2016 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in Wicomico County can vote before election day at an early voting center in Wicomico County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Wicomico County.
Early voting centers will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 27 through and including Thursday, Nov. 3. The best days to vote early to avoid delays are Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. The early voting center in Wicomico County is located at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center, 500 Glen Ave, Salisbury MD. All Wicomico County voters may vote at the early voting center. Addresses of all of the early voting centers in Maryland are available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.
Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. 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, Wicomico County voters should vote at a designated early voting center in Wicomico County. There is at least one early voting center in every county. Centers are located at accessible facilities with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county. Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.
On election day, Wicomico County voters should vote at their assigned polling place. Voters can find their assigned polling place by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Wicomico County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find your Polling Place link at www.elections.maryland.gov. Voters who have moved, but have not updated their address with the Wicomico County Board of Elections, should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Wicomico County Board of Elections. It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted.
How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?
Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax. Visit www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot. The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template. If a Wicomico County voter misses the above deadlines, but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Wicomico County Board of Elections before 8 p.m. on election day. Visit www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html for more information.
Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Wicomico County 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, Nov. 18, 2016. 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 individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because 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 Wicomico County 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. Additional information about provisional voting is available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html.
All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.
Voters can visit www.elections.maryland.gov/elections/2016/index.html for more 2016 election information or contact the Wicomico County Board of Elections at 410-548-4830 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).