I have been closely tracking my ballot status during the 2020 Primary in Maryland and Howard County. We are encouraged to vote by mail in advance of the Primary on June 2nd. During this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it was the right decision.
My issue now is that it is June 1st and I as a voter have no idea if my vote will be counted. Here is my tracking of my ballot:
So my ballot was noted as “received” back on May 15th. I thought that was great.
My issue now is that it is June 1st and that is still the status this morning. How do I know as a voter that I did not make a mistake that might “Reject” my ballot and my vote not count? This is a problem with this system.
I am curious…any blog reader out there have their status change to accepted yet? Is anyone else concerned about the integrity of this election cycle with vote by mail…especially given what I noted above?
You can check the status of your ballot here: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch. Click the “Status of My Absentee or Provisional Ballots” after entering your information.
I do plan on following up with the Howard County Board of Elections later this morning to see if I can get more information on this topic. If I find out any information for voters locally I will be sure to do a follow up post on the blog.
ARTICLE UPDATE: I called the Howard County Board of Elections this morning and the person I talked to on the phone told me that they have not started counting ballots yet and that there is no way for a voter to know if they (the voter) made a mistake on their ballot that might make it rejected.
So there is no way to know if your mail in ballot will counted tomorrow. This is a problem with this vote by mail system. I have been super supportive of the vote by mail system until now…and now I am very concerned about the results.
Just a reminder…Howard County will have two in-person voting locations for the 2020 Primary Election on June 2nd.