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Tracy A. Dickerson
Election Director
 

Board of Elections
201 East Charles Street *
La Plata, MD 20646

* Correspondence MUST be addressed to: P.O. Box 908 La Plata, MD 20646

301-934-8972
301-870-3167
800-222-VOTE

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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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 Presidential Primary 2020 Information 

The Charles County Board of Elections will conduct canvassing of ballots for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election commencing on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM. The canvass will be conducted at the Charles County Public Library – Waldorf West.

The library is closed to the public, so public viewing of the canvass will be done by live stream on YouTube.com. You may view one, or all, of the cameras at any point in the canvassing process. Simply click on the link of any or all cameras that you would like to watch. There are three different cameras as follows: 

Camera 1 - Canvassing Room Opening Ballots  - check schedule here for canvass proceedings by day.

Scanning ballots is contingent upon the amount of ballots opened the previous day.

 Live Stream will Reconvene on Tuesday May 26th at 9:00 am

Camera 2 - Canvassing Room Scanning Ballots- check schedule here for canvass proceedings by day.

Live Stream will Reconvene on Tuesday May 26th at 9:00 am 

Camera 3 - This camera will be used by the Board of Canvassers to vote on ballots that are referred to them. The Board of Canvassers will vote to accept or reject the ballot. The Board of Canvassers will vote on ballots at 3:00 PM each day that ballots are being scanned. If there is no scanning of ballots scheduled there will be no meeting of the board of canvassers.

Please check the schedule here for dates the Board of Canvassers will convene to vote on ballots daily.

Click Here To View Camera 3

 

Audio will be provided through Google Hangouts Meetings. Any questions that the public may have will be answered by the Election Director or her designee. Every day will have the same call in information as provided below.

 Please note: Unless the Board is acting on a ballot on Camera 3, there will be no audio from the other cameras.

 Join by phone: ‪1-678-801-8017

 Audio PIN: ‪772 073 843#

 **The above number will be available on May 21, 2020 at 9 AM for the Board to open the canvass.

Challenging a Ballot

The public may challenge ballots during a canvass. This process usually takes place on the decision of the Board on a ballot. The challenge must be made at the time the ballot or provisional ballot application is presented for acceptance or rejection. An observer can indicate an intention to file a challenge verbally or via chat, text, or email. A completed challenge form must be submitted within 1 hour of indicating an intent to challenge. For more information and the Challenge form, please click here.

 If there are any questions about the canvass, please e-mail Tracy Dickerson at tracy.dickerson@maryland.gov and she will address the question at the next meeting with the Board of Canvassers. 

Ballot Drop-Off Locations:

  • Sacred Heart Friendship Hall 
    201 St. Marys Avenue La Plata, MD 20646
    • Available after 5 pm on Tuesday, May 19th
  • Charles County Board of Elections 
    201 East Charles Street La Plata, MD 20646
  • Charles County Public Library - Waldorf West
    10405 O'Donnell Place Waldorf, MD 20603
    • Available after 5 pm on Tuesday, May 19th

Charles County Residents

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Charles County Board of Elections will be working by appointment only. If you need to make any changes to your record or request an absentee ballot, please call or email us at 301-934-8972 or elections@charlescountymd.gov and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  

The following resources are also available:

 All scheduled election judge training for the week of March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020 is postponed until further notice.

Stay safe!

2020 Presidential Election Dates:

  • Primary Election: June 2, 2020
  • General Election: November 3, 2020

Media Statement on Covid-19 Preparations

At the October 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. meeting, the Charles County Board of Elections Supervisors approved to change the early voting site from La Plata Firehouse to Sacred Heart Church Friendship Hall. 

At the State Board of Elections board meeting held on October 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm, the State Board of Elections unanimously approved the early voting site change from La Plata Firehouse to Sacred Heart Church Friendship Hall.

Cybersecurity Planning

We, Charles County Board of Elections recently completed, in partnership with The State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a poster showing how we protect the election process, systems and data (PDF). We hope that this information is useful and assures you that Maryland and Charles County’s election officials are serious about protecting our election systems and data and voters can be confident about the integrity of the election process.

Board Meets Every 3rd Thursday

* The May 2020 Board Meeting will take place Thursday May 14th at 2 pm and will be call in only. To request to call in and listen to the meeting please call Tracy Dickerson at 301-934-8972 by Wednesday May 13th at 4 pm to receive instructions on how to do so.

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