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2020 Presidential General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020


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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public may only view this process online.
Our next scheduled canvassing day:
10 AM Thursday November 12, 2020

Canvassing of Provisional ballots

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Canvassing of Mail-In ballots

 Our final scheduled canvassing day:
10 AM Friday November 13, 2020

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2020 Presidential General Election Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020      

Deadline to Register to Vote, change address or party affiliation 

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Deadline to request a  Mail-In ballot

October 26th-November 2nd, 2020 Early Voting -  7am-8pm
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION DAY 7am-8pm
Ballots will be timely if deposited in Drop Box by 8pm or
postmarked by November 3rd.
Thursday, November 5th, 2020 First Absentee Canvass
Thursday, November 12th, 2020 Provisional Ballot Canvass

Friday, November13th, 2020

Second Absentee Canvass 

Governor Hogan's Proclamation of August 10th, regarding Vote Centers and the 
2020 Presidential General Election

2020 Presidential Primary Official Results - Somerset County

The Somerset County Board of Elections subscribes to these principles:
  • Freedom is an inherent human right, but it is also fragile and can be lost through neglect or misuse.
  • Freedom requires responsibility
  • Freedom can best be maintained and nurtured through the democratic process.  The success of the democratic process requires fair and open elections  which accurately reflect the intent of the electorate.

Therefore, it is our unique role as elections officials to serve as the gatekeepers of Democracy.

It is our sacred honor to protect and promote public trust and confidence by our conduct of accurate and fair elections.

As the public’s guardians of freedom within a democratic society, we are responsible for the integrity of the process.  Our role demands that these principals must be placed above personal or partisan gain. 

 Nurturing and protecting Democracy is a team effort in the profession of elections administration.  Our task requires wisdom, courage and the desire to remain focused on our vision of free and impartial elections despite changes in our society and its laws.

By dedicated adherence to the Principles and Standard of Conduct, we demonstrate our loyalty to freedom, pride in our profession and a commitment to the democratic process.

 The Election Center


Board of Elections
Somerset County Office Complex
Suite #102
11916 Somerset Ave.
Princess Anne, MD. 21853
Phone: 410.651.0767
Fax: 410.651.5130
Email: Board of Elections

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Board Members
James W. Riley, Sr. - President
Ernest R. Satchell - Vice President
Mary L.T. Handy - Board Member
Tara L. Nelson - Board Member
Jerry S. Boston - Board Member
James H. Porter Jr. - Board Attorney

Office Staff
Joanna W. Emely - Election Director
Julia M. Cox - Election Supervisor
Ben Frey- Election Information Systems Specialist
Brenda Powell - Election Administrative Assistant

oard Meetings are held quarterly on the first Monday in March, June, September (second Monday), and December at 2:30 p.m. in the Somerset County Office Complex, 11916 Somerset Ave., Somerset County Commissioners' Meeting Room (room 111), Princess Anne, MD 21853.

Somerset County Board of Elections registers any eligible person who wishes to vote, and is responsible for conducting County, State and National Elections.


Additional Links
Somerset County Commissioner Districts Map
Maryland State Board of Elections
Help America Vote Act of 2002
Voting System
Elections by Year


DISCLAIMER: The Somerset County Board of Elections is pleased to provide the information on this site as a service to the community.  We hope you will find the information useful and informative.  Please note that election procedures and laws are subject to change, sometimes rapidly.  As a result, we cannot guarantee that the information on our site will always be up to date, complete or reflect the latest legal rulings or interpretations.