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Rumor Control for the 2016 Election

College Students

Rumor: A college student can only register to vote at his or her parents' address.

Fact: A college student may register at his or her school address if the student considers the school address to be his or her “official” or “permanent” home. If you are a college student and do not not consider your parent’s home to be your home and do not intend to return there after school, your school address may be your residence. Before registering to vote at this address, please verify with the appropriate authority whether changing your residency impacts your eligibility for financial aid. Read more about this.


Absentee Ballot Request

Rumor: If you request an absentee ballot, you can vote in person.

Fact: You can vote in person, but you must vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will count if you do not also vote and return your absentee ballot.


Presidential Candidates

Rumor: Candidates for President that have withdrawn or stopped campaigning will not appear on Maryland’s April 26, 2016 Primary Election ballot.

Fact: ​Many candidates announce publicly that they are no longer running for office. However, removing a candidate from the ballot requires a written notice by the candidate. Many Presidential candidates did not provide written notice by the deadline and therefore, will appear on Maryland’s ballot.


Early Voting and Absentee Votes

Rumor: Early votes and absentee votes are not counted unless there is a tie in an election.

Fact: All votes cast during early voting are counted. All absentee ballots submitted on time with the required signature are counted even if they will not change the outcome of an election. Votes cast during early voting and by absentee ballot count just like votes cast on election day.


Early Voting Ballots

Rumor: If I vote during early voting, I will not receive the same ballot as the one I would receive on election day and therefore my ballot will not be counted.

Fact: You will receive the same ballot whether you are voting during early voting, on election day or by absentee ballot. Your ballot is always determined by your residential address.


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

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.