Md. State Board of Elections issues statement on ballot drop boxes
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland State Board of Elections is reminding citizens of a few things regarding ballot drop boxes.
Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding the drop boxes:
“Each drop box is equipped with a lock that holds the ballot deposit slot open at all times. It has come to our attention that some voters, upon seeing locks on ballot boxes, have assumed the boxes are closed. This is not the case. Ballots should be inserted in the slot located above the lock as indicated by red arrows. We encourage all eligible voters who would like to utilize ballot drop boxes to review the list of drop box locations and opening dates online.”
All authorized ballot drop boxes in the state will remain open until 8 p.m. on November 3rd. Each jurisdiction has at least two ballot drop box locations available to voters. Each drop box is under 24/7 security and surveillance to protect against tampering or vandalism. Ballots are collected daily by sworn election officials and taken directly to authorized canvassing locations to maintain a chain of custody and ensure proper processing.