Wicomico County Board of Elections Director explains mail-in ballot process
WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.- As the Maryland primaries wrapped up Tuesday, there’s still work ahead that includes officially tallying all the votes. Wicomico County Board of Elections Director, Dionne Church, said mail-in ballot counting will take place Thursday at 10 a.m.
Church said this is a process is done by bipartisan teams that they ensure is accurate, fair, and is done correctly. “Our mail-in ballot process includes that are dropped off in our office, ballots that are dropped off at our drop box locations, ballots that may have been dropped off in the polling place or ballots that have been mailed to our office,” Church said.
Church said they’ll have two days to tally votes for mail-in ballots. “So, ballots are taken out of an envelope using a bipartisan team, and they are processed through our DS200 machines that are used for counting our votes,” Church said. And, there will be a day to go through provisional ballots. “We do provisional ballots for voters that are not qualified to vote a standard ballot.”
In total, Church estimates the process Thursday to take approximately 4 to 6 hours. “At the end of tomorrow, once those ballots are counted those numbers will go into our unofficial totals and those totals will continue to be calculated until our last canvas on July the 29th,” Church said.
Officials said they’re not anticipating any delays in getting official results given previous history of voting.
Next Wednesday, July 27, is when the provisional canvas will take place and next Friday, July 29, is when the last canvas will happen at 10 a.m.
We are told while Wicomico Board of Elections does not expect delays to get official results, they said things may not be the same for the State of Maryland. But, we are told this depends on the total amount of ballots that need to be processed in other counties.