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.
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:
- Shortness of breath
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