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Rumor Control for the 2014 Election

Proof of Voting

Rumor:To prove you voted, you will get a second copy of the form you sign when you check in to vote.

Fact: Upon request, a pollworker will give you a form to prove that you voted, but the form will be different from the form you sign when you check in to vote. If you need proof that you voted, please ask a pollworker.


Election Results

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Rumor: Election judges will not post election results once the polls close.

Fact: During early voting, election results will not be posted. The local boards of elections will post these results after the polls close on election day.

​On election day, election judges will post results once the polls close.​ Election results will also be available from SBE and the local boards of elections.​

Online Voting in Maryland

Rumor:The Maryland State Board of Elections will vote on April 24, 2014 to allow online voting in Maryland.

FACT: Maryland law prohibits online voting. The State Board of Elections is NOT voting on online voting at the board meeting held on April 24, 2014. SBE is considering an online tool to mark an absentee ballot that must be returned by mail.


Voting in a Primary Elections

Rumor: Any registered voter can vote in a primary election.

FACT: It depends. You must be registered as a Democrat or Republican if you want to vote for all federal, all state, and most local offices. This includes voting for Congress, Governor, members of the General Assembly, and county executive or commissioner. If you are registered with another political party or not affiliated with any political party, you may be able to vote for a local contest (e.g, school board) but not for any federal or state offices.