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Maryland Board of Elections explains mail-in voting ahead of primary

The primary election, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, will take place June 2.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland State Board of Elections has released a video outlining how to safely and securely vote by mail in Maryland’s June 2 primary election.

The election was originally scheduled to be held in April, but had to be pushed back to June because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The board says ballots have already begun arriving in mailboxes and should continue to arrive through mid-May.

The video includes:

  • Instructions for properly completing a ballot
  • Guidance on how to properly return a completed ballot, including additional documentation some voters may need to include in the return envelope
  • Instructions on how to check that your ballot has been received

Every eligible voter will automatically be mailed a ballot and no postage is required to return a ballot.

You can watch the video below:

What precautions should you take?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a mask if you have to make an essential trip outside
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Reasons to leave your home under stay-at-home order:

  • Grocery store trips
  • Medical visits or trips to the pharmacy
  • Travel to your essential job
  • Exercise such as walks, hikes or bike rides

Commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

If you are sick or suspect you are infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the followings steps:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Avoid public areas, including work or school
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Contact your doctor via telemedicine for more guidance

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