That’s where residents can place their applications for absentee ballots.
Frederick, Md (KM) There’s another way to assure your application for an absentee ballot is processed quickly. The Frederick County Board of Elections has placed a drop box outside of its offices at 340A Montevue Lane. Residents can drop off their applications in that box which is located to the right of the front door. .
“If you don’t want to put it in the mail, and you want to be sure that it gets to us promptly, you can drop your application in that box 24/7. And our staff will be emptying that box on a daily basis and processing those applications,” says Stuart Harvey, Frederick County’s Election Director.
The box came from the City of Brunswick, which residents voted by mail during the recent municipal election. Harvey says there will be drop boxes at other locations in Frederick County.
Right now, most people have been getting these applications from the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Next week, Harvey says, the State will be sending out absentee ballot applications by mail to all registered voters in Maryland. The deadline to apply for vote-by-mail is October 20th, 2020.
The ballots requested by citizens will be mailed to voters in late September, and they must be postmarked no later than November 3rd, 2020, which is election day.
Harvey says there will be those individuals who want to cast their ballots in person. “There will be an increased number of voting centers,” he says. “My Board is meeting next week to put that list out. So we hope have that out and up on our website next week.”
This year, Harvey says he expects a lot of voters will cast their ballots by mail for the General Election, just as they did during the Primary Election in June. “Of our over 60,000 people who voted in the Primary Election, we had two vote centers open on Election Day, and only 1,341 people voted in person. Obviously, the vast majority of those 60,000 voted by mail,” he said.
He says vote-by-mail is very convenient. “Our concern is also about the safety. It’s not only the safety of the voters in the pandemic. It’s also the safety of the people who work at the polling places or early voting locations,” says Harvey.” “Because there is a reduced number, we just think it’s safer and better to vote by mail.”
By Kevin McManus