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The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) is communicating regularly with federal and state health agencies to monitor developments related to COVID-19. We are committed to providing the safest environment possible for Maryland voters and election workers.

Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2020. As the election approaches, SBE will continue coordinating with federal and state health officials and will institute any appropriate safeguards to minimize the risk for voters and election workers. 

Voters who prefer to vote from home can request an absentee ballot. Voters who wish to vote this way can submit a request online by visiting and clicking the “Request a Ballot” box or obtaining a request form from Marylanders are encouraged to visit for the most up-to-date information, and to dial 2-1-1 to talk to experts about any questions or concerns.

Per Gov. Larry Hogan's Proclamation of March 17, 2020,
the 2020 Presidential Primary has been postponed until
June 2, 2020. 

Read the Proclamation here:

March 17th press release from the Maryland State Board of Elections regarding
the 2020 Presidential Primary  Delayed 2020 Primary Election.pdf

Brinkleys District (03-001)
Marion Baptist Church Hall
5829 Crisfield Highway
Marion, MD 21838


2020 Presidential Primary Election Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Deadline to register to vote (In office) - 5pm 
Deadline to register to vote (online) - 11:59pm

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Deadline to Request a Mailed or Faxed Absentee Ballot

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Deadline to Request an Electronic Absentee Ballot

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Absentee Ballot Canvass 1 - 10am

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 Provisional Ballot Canvass - 10am
Friday, June 12th, 2020 Absentee Ballot Canvass 2 - 10am

Tuesday, May 16th, 2020

Voter Registration Re-Opens

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.