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Maryland Pioneers Faster Way to Vote Absentee

Ballots now as close as your computer



    Maryland Pioneers Faster Way to Vote Absentee
    A voter drops an absentee ballot into a collection box.

    Maryland is becoming the first state in the nation to make absentee ballots available online.

    The University of Maryland's Center for American Politics and Citizenship is making the ballots available in a partnership with the Maryland State Board of Elections
    The On-Demand Ballot System automatically creates a document including the ballot file for the voter, instructions and an oath of absentee voting. It assigns a security number and creates a personalized mailing label with a barcode to ensure only one ballot is counted per person.
    The ballots can be obtained by any registered Maryland voter by going to the Maryland Elections Center website, run by the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
    A note for the deadline challenged:  you can't wait until Election Day. The deadline for signing up to use the online absentee ballot delivery system for the General Election is Oct. 26, 2010.  The deadlines for returning the ballot are as follows:
    • If you hand deliver your ballot, you must deliver it to your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 2.
    • If you mail your ballot, you must mail it on or before Election Day and it must be received by your local board of elections by November 12.