In over 30 years of voting, voting in Frederick County in 2020 was by far the easiest and most pleasant voting experience ever.

About six weeks ago, I requested a mail-in ballot via mail. I received it two weeks later in my mailbox. I filled it out on a Saturday, and it took all of 60 seconds to hop in and out of my car and drop it off at my local community collection box. The box was well-lit, secured by a heavy lock and had camera monitoring.

Three days later, I received an email from the Maryland State Board of Elections telling me my ballot had been received the day before.

Excellent! I have no worries that my ballot was lost, compromised or discarded. In fact, I am confident my ballot will be counted on or before Nov. 3.

And, I am confident in the process and I believe everyone's vote in Frederick County will be counted.

So, with rain coming up and potentially long lines at the polling stations, I simply encourage everyone who requested and received a mail-in ballot to just use the collection boxes throughout the county. Your vote counts, your vote gives voice to those that are unable or cannot vote, and you honor our military personnel who have fought for and protected our freedoms — past and present — by voting.

(7) comments

NewMarketParent

What we have done to step up and allow more people to vote from home should be the model for the country. My spouse and I were able to do some rudimentary research and discuss the ballot questions before we got to the polls in relaxed, sane way. I didn't realize how insane it was to stand at a poll for so long and then feel rushed through the process so that someone else may use the machine. Additionally, if you are someone who may support candidates that do not necessarily sit on your particular political side, you can choose them without having the entirety of your ballot memorized in your head before you get to the polls.

bosco

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HappySeller2014

Drop-off-box process was very easy for my family as well. A few days after putting our ballots in a drop-off-box, I received an email from the Maryland State Board of Elections. My wife did not.

However, we both went onto the Maryland State Board of Elections website and determined both our ballots were received.

https://elections.maryland.gov/

So, all is well with us. Now we can just sit back and relax as November 3rd approaches.

phydeaux994

We did the same. The biggest problem we had was finding the drop box at TJHS. But after 2018 standing in a serpentine line in a jammed small room at the Senior Center for a half hour it was incredibly easy. I have to admire those folks who wait in lines for 6-8-10 hours to vote but it obviously doesn’t have to be that way except for the Draconian voting restrictions put in place in some States, Republican Controlled States. I heard someone being interviewed at such a polling place this morning say “it’s like the Politicians are picking the voters instead of the voters picking the Politicians” in these Republican States with laws designed to keep those perceived to be more likely to vote for Democratic candidates from voting. And it seems our increasingly Right Wing Courts right up to the SCOTUS are aiding and abetting that effort. This is not the America that Madison and Hamilton envisioned.

Greg F

Take Texas-Stan for instance where the one box per county means one box for 4.7 MILlION people. That’s voter suppression Jim Crow practices for you....brought to you by shady don.

DickD

My experience was similar. Back in July I requested a mail in ballot and received it about five weeks ago. I filled it out and put it in the drop box about four weeks ago and received a email confirmation two days later. It is quicker, cheaper and easier than mailing.

elmerchismo1

Same here. Very easy to do. Neither my wife nor I received an e-mail, but as a result of this article I checked through the County Board of Elections website (very easy also) and our votes were received and counted.

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