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State Board Of Elections Says Counting May Take Weeks

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More than 427,000 Marylanders voted as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and State Board of Elections officials say the counting will be far from over Tuesday night. 

Nikki Charlson, the board’s deputy administrator said ballots will be counted through at least Nov. 13.

“But we do expect that some of the local boards will still be counting into the following week, and maybe more because of the volume of mail in ballots that we've received,” Charlson said. 

The board has received 1.3 million mail-in ballots. 

Charlson said if your mail-in ballot status is currently ‘received’, that means it got there in time. All you can do is wait.

The status won’t change to ‘accepted’ until at least Thursday. No mail-in ballots will be counted today or tomorrow.  

“Tomorrow is a day of unpacking supplies, pulling out provisional ballots...and finishing up Election Day activities,” Charlson said. 

If you forgot to sign the oath on your ballot, your local board of elections might contact you to help ensure your vote isn’t rejected.

How to check the status of your ballot 

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.
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