2020 Presidential Primary Election Ballot Canvass

Vote by Mail ballots will be opened by Election Judges beginning on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. This process is referred to as the “canvass”. The canvass process will continue daily as needed until all ballots are opened and scanned for counting. Please refer to the canvassing schedule below for dates and times.

The facility where the canvass will be conducted is closed to the public. The public can observe the process by selecting the link for that day on the left on the schedule below.

The Board will meet regularly throughout the process by videoconference to consider challenges and make decisions about counting ballots. The public will be able to see and listen to all discussions and votes taken by the Board on any ballot. The public may challenge a Board decision using the audio features of the public observation system that the Board of Elections has selected to carry out this process. The public can participate in those Board sessions by selecting the link on the right for that day in the canvassing schedule below. Partial results for ballots canvassed so far will be released after 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. The process will continue after Election Day, with each day’s results added to the previous day’s total, until all ballots are counted. Provisional ballots cast at vote centers on Election Day will be opened beginning on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

Instructions for Joining a Meeting

The canvass process is being broadcast using Microsoft Teams. To observe, you will need to click on the links below. The link on the left is to observe the canvass process; the link on the right is to join the Board’s voting sessions. Unless you are a county employee, do not log in. You must join anonymously. Once you enter the meeting, you will see a window on the right where questions can be asked and will be answered by staff of the Board of Elections. You may enter your questions in the “My Questions” tab. As a courtesy, we ask that you please identify yourself when asking questions. The “Featured” tab will show questions that have been asked by others and the staff answers. If you do not see these tabs, click “Show Q&A” in the upper right hand corner.

Challenging a Ballot Remotely

Although it is uncommon, there is a procedure for a ballot to be challenged as it is taken through the canvassing process. The Board of Elections recognizes the need to still have this process available despite the remote nature of this canvass. If you wish to challenge a ballot considered by the Board, you must immediately announce that you would like to challenge the ballot. You must then scan a signed copy of the Canvass Challenge Form  and email it to elections@montgomerycountymd.gov . Once the Challenge Form has been received, the Board will take action on the ballot that has been challenged. The Challenge review will take place with the ballot on video and the discussion and review on audio. The Board’s decision will be audible on the audio and will be communicated in a reply email sent to the challenger.
Canvass Live Stream Schedule
Canvass Board of Canvassers
May 21, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM May 21, 2020 3:00 PM
May 23, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM May 23, 2020 3:00 PM                                                                   
May 26, 2020 3:00 PM  to 8:00 PM - No Canvass scanning only N/A      
May 27, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM May 27, 2020 3:00 PM
May 28, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM - No canvass scanning only N/A
May 29, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM May 29, 2020 3:00 PM
May 30, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM N/A
May 31, 2020 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM - No canvass scanning only N/A
June 1, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM N/A
June 2, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM N/A
June 4, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM June 4, 2020 3:00 PM
June 5, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM - cancelled N/A
June 6, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM N/A
June 8, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM June 8, 2020 3:00 PM
June 9, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM N/A
June 10, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM June 10, 2020 3:00 PM
June 11, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM N/A
June 12, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM June 12, 2020 2:00 PM
   

Tentative as of May 18, 2020.  N/A indicates that no session is scheduled that day.