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Board of Elections Releases Statement on Absentee and Provisional Canvasses

The Montgomery County Board of Elections wishes to remind voters that the unofficial results released on the Board’s website on election night contain only those votes cast during Early Voting and in the polling places on Election Day. The Board must still process absentee and provisional ballots.

Absentee ballots (vote by mail) in Maryland shall be post marked no later than Election Day or delivered to the Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. A provisional ballot is issued to a voter when there is a question regarding the voter’s eligibility to vote. Election officials must review the returned provisional ballot envelopes containing voted ballots and verify the voter’s eligibility to cast his or her ballot.

There were 14,902 absentee and 3,616 provisional ballots issued in the Gubernatorial Primary Election. The absentee and provisional ballots are counted in a public process by bipartisan teams of voters during the weeks following the election. Results for each of these ballot-counting sessions, referred to as the “canvasses”, are then added to the Election Day totals before the official results of the election are certified. The canvasses are held at the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, in Gaithersburg. The first canvass of absentee ballots for the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election will commence by State law on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10:00 am However, the Board will promptly recess until 1:00 pm in order to allow staff to complete its research on the 6,342 ballots to be considered during the first absentee canvass.

Provisional ballots are canvassed beginning the following Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 10:00 am and remaining absentee ballots returned by the statutory deadline will begin being canvassed on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00 am. The Board of Canvassers will convene daily, beginning June 28, to continue canvassing remaining ballots. You may check out www.777vote.org nightly to see updates to the canvass schedule. Statewide certification will follow upon completion of all tabulation and those results may be found on the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website.