Polling Place Setup

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security team found no evidence of intrusion on Maryland’s election system after the FBI told state officials that a company hosting certain elections systems had been acquired by a firm partly owned by a Russian oligarch.

For the 33 percent of millennials who reportedly plan to turn out to vote Tuesday, they’ll have to wait until they’re out of the booth to post a selfie to the ‘gram.

Voters may not use phones, computers or any other electronics until they leave the polling place, according to the state Board of Elections.

Here’s a look at some other do’s and don’ts for Election Day on Tuesday:

  • Voters can bring one or two future voters along with them. Children are required to be under 18 and can accompany voters as long as they do not disrupt or interfere with normal voting procedures, according to the Maryland code.
  • For those who planned to bring electronics to do research in the polling place, voters are allowed to bring any printed material, including a specimen ballot, into the voting booth to help them vote.
  • If a voter is a fan of a particular candidate, he or she can wear clothing, buttons or stickers with political messages, but you must leave the early voting center or polling place immediately after voting. Voters may not linger and may not campaign or talk to other voters about the election while in the polling place.
  • If your employer requires proof that you voted, give your employer the Certificate of Participation you received from the election judge.
  • Voters with a disability may bring someone to help as long as that person is not: The voter’s employer or an agent of the employer; an officer or agent of the voter’s union; or a challenger or watcher. The person who assists the voter must sign the Voter Assistance Form and cannot suggest how the voter should vote.
  • First-time voters could be asked to show identification before voting. If a voter is asked to show ID, the following forms of ID are accepted: A copy of a current and valid photo ID, such as a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other state or federal government-issued ID card; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within three months of the election.

Follow Allen Etzler on Twitter: @AllenWEtzler.

Allen Etzler is a city editor at the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at aetzler@newspost.com.

(2) comments


Telling a service member "thank you for your service" is nice. But prove you really mean it by getting out and voting. Honor those that have died serving our country by getting out and voting which is the privilidge they have given you


“.......copy of a recent utility bill”

Nice to know that our utility companies are taking over the government role of determining citizenship.........no illegal ballots are gonna slip through THIS policy!

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