MD election boards can count mail-in ballots starting Oct. 1
SALISBURY, Md. – In Maryland, local election boards will now be able to count mail-in ballots a month out of the presidential election. The State Board of Elections approved this measure this week allowing local boards to start count ballots starting October 1st. Officials say by allowing this, it hopefully will help volunteers deal with the expected influx of mail-in ballots this year. They also say the earlier date should help promote health and safety for the local boards by allowing their staff to spread out and count ballots during certain periods of time.
“This will be a tremendous help for us to process the expected increase in absentee ballots for the November election. That will certainly help the larger counties in the state to report their results much quicker than if we had to wait in the regular election, the Thursday after the election,” said Wicomico County Board of Elections Director, Anthony Gutierrez.
The board on Wednesday also began approving vote centers, which will take the place of traditional polling places on Election Day.