Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Approaching

October 14, 2018

The deadline to request a 2018 Gubernatorial General Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, October 30.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election for internet delivery is Friday, November 2. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot.

A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot may request an absentee ballot (1) online for voters with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card; (2) by submitting a signed application; (3) by telephone; (4) in writing; or (5) in person at the St. Mary’s Board of Elections.  To request an absentee ballot application from the St. Mary’s Board of Elections, call 301-475-4200 ext. *1625 or visit the office at 41650 Tudor Hall Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters may also visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot online, to print an application, or for more information.

If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the St. Mary’s Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application:

  • If the request is mailed, by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • If the request is submitted online or by email or fax, by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by internet delivery, the St. Mary’s] Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application:

  • If the request is mailed, by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018
  • If the request is submitted online or by email or fax, by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018

If a voter misses the applicable deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at the St. Mary’s Board of Elections at 41650 Tudor Hall Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

The 2018 Gubernatorial General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Starting Thursday, October 25th through and including Thursday, November 1st, voters may vote in person between 10 am and 8 pm at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence. Early voting locations and hours and additional election-related information and dates are available atelections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.

For more information, please contact St. Mary’s Board of Elections at 301-475-4200 ext. *1625 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or elections.maryland.gov.

One Response to Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Approaching

  1. Anonymous on October 15, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Does the current Circuit Court clerk have a good enough reason for the unnecessary phone experience when we call St. Marys Courts, and are on the phone for 10 minutes going around in circles experiencing voice-mail instead of someone actually picking up their phone? Most that use the LOWV survey are, if they use PDF, simply going to print-it-out, and throw it in the back-seat, and not look at it again until they go to the polls, and then notice . . . what? There are so many surveys that aren’t filed out. There are some worthy candidates who . . . yes, didn’t fill out their survey, which is not enough of a reason to vote against them and support their perhaps worthless challenger that did. Its fine for trained voters, who know the principles, qualities and attributes to look for, to use the LOWV survey, but a candidate shouldn’t be supported just because they filled it out. In other circumstances, absolutely, the candidate had the manners & decency to fill-it-out, and therefore, be supported, but this is an election, which can’t be left up to chance, and a blank survey isn’t enough of a reason not to support a candidate. Or, to put it another way, there are unworthy candidates, who I’m not voting for, who filled out their survey. As for q2, which allows for same-day registration, this is what to ponder. If the argument that it creates the climate for voter fraud isn’t good enough, then consider this. Right now, the election workers work one day, and thats it. The election is their first day on the job. I’m sorry, i don’t know how to do this, I’ll have to call my manager, its my first day. Right now, voting takes a tolerable amount of time, folks can get it done on their lunch break, it takes about 15 minutes, lets say. Allowing same-day registration could considerably lengthen the time it takes to vote to the point that regular voters are discouraged from participating. A 15-minute vote could take 1/2 hour, I’ve got to go, 45 minutes, I don’t have time for this, I thought this was going to take 10 minutes . . . one hour. I want you to know that I have to leave now, and I came to vote, and now, I don’t have time to. Today is not a day I can be late to work even though I was voting. Whos complaining about the present system, in which no one is denied the right to vote, they simply have to register in time to do it? Nothings wrong, lets not take it to the mechanic and get it fixed. Also, if someone from outside the state does decide to register on ED, how would Maryland find out before the results became official, and then, what would happen? The present system allows for the EB to be notified before the election, before the results become official, when they weren’t given the right address of a newly-registered voter.