2020 | Politics

UPDATED: More than 91,000 ballots left to count in Montgomery County

Election results will be certified first week of December

A mail-in ballot drop-off box used during the primary election.

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 15, 2020, with the latest information about ballots left to count.

There were  more than 91,000 ballots left to be counted for the general election in Montgomery County as of Sunday.

The Montgomery County Board of Elections posted on Twitter on Sunday that it still had 72,439 mail-in ballots and 19,265 provisional ballots left to review. Provisional ballots are used when there is a question about the voter’s eligibility, such as current address; a ruling is made later.

The county had received more than 346,900 mail-in ballots as of Wednesday and had counted more than 253,700 of those.

To be eligible to be counted, ballots had to be postmarked by Nov. 3, which was Election Day, and had to be received at the Board of Elections by 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

The county also sent 124,016 mail-in ballots to registered voters who requested them, but had not returned them to the county Board of Elections.

Across the state, 90.5% of the mail-in ballots issued to voters have been received.

There are two mail-in ballot statuses that indicate the ballot is in the county election office’s possession:
● Received: a mail-in ballot has been received by the county’s election office and has been scanned on the return envelope
● Accepted: a mail-in ballot has been counted by the county’s election office

Gilberto Zelaya, a spokesman for the county’s Board of Elections, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Friday that ballot statuses are flipped to “accepted,” meaning counted, once they are canvassed and scanned.

“Flipping can take a day or two. … The name of the game is patience, patience and more patience,” he wrote. “All submitted mail-in and provisional ballots will be canvassed.”

The election results are expected to be certified the first week of December.

Residents can find their mail-in ballot status through the state’s voter lookup tool.

The Board of Elections can be contacted at 240-777-8683 or elections@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Latest results

The latest results for candidates and issues on Montgomery County ballots, as of 6:13 p.m. on Friday, are:

School board, at-large (one winner)
• Lynne Harris: 187,192
• Sunil Dasgupta: 167,060

School board, District 2 (one winner)

• Rebecca Smondrowki: 199,790
• Michael Fryar: 135,860

School board, District 4 (one winner)

• Shebra Evans: 225,886
• Steve Solomon: 113,886

Montgomery County Circuit Court judge (four winners)

• Bibi M. Berry: 283,378
• David A. Boynton: 257,892
• Michael Joseph McAuliffe: 254,900
• Christopher C. Fogleman: 246,503
• Marylin Pierre: 178,030

U.S. Congress, District 3 (one winner)

• John Sarbanes: 36,995
• Charles Anthony: 11,078

U.S. Congress, District 6 (one winner)

• David J. Trone: 111,323
• Neil C. Parrott: 40,062
• George Gluck: 3,111

U.S. Congress, District 8 (one winner)

• Jamie Raskin: 184,030
• Gregory Thomas Coll: 43,428

President (Montgomery County vote totals)
• Joe Biden: 344,928
• Donald J. Trump: 86,525
• Jo Jorgensen: 3,278
• Howie Gresham Hawkins: 2,458
• Jerome M. Segal: 1,183

Judge of Maryland Court of Appeals

Mary Ellen Barbera, for continuance in office
• Yes: 336,152
• No: 36,122

Judge of Maryland Court of Special Appeals, At Large
E. Gregory Wells, for continuance in office
• Yes: 323,232
• No: 42,510

Judge of Maryland Court of Special Appeals, District 7

Steven B. Gould, for continuance in office
• Yes: 308,625
• No: 49,254

Montgomery County Question A (limit tax-rate increases)
• For: 249,501
• Against: 151,441

Montgomery County Question B (prohibit override of property-tax limit)

• For: 168,945
• Against: 229,871

Montgomery County Question C (increase County Council to 11 seats)
• For: 246,391
• Against: 153,164

Montgomery County Question D (change County Council to 9 district seats)
• For: 167,068
• Against: 230,381

Maryland Question 1 (change state budget process)

• For: 1,903,849
• Against: 653,588

Maryland Question 2 (allow sports and event wagering)

• For: 1,782,445
• Against: 882,346

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.