Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said Prince Georgians should feel safe comfortably placing their ballots. (Courtesy Photo)
By Mark Gray
AFRO Staff Writer
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy wants voters in the County to know their election process is safe no matter how they cast their ballots. Braveboy said that despite the contradictions by President Donald J. Trump, the multiple options that voters have to cast their ballots are secure.
“I believe it will be a safe democratic process,” Braveboy told the AFRO.
The County is offering registered voters a chance to vote in a multitude of ways and there are provisions that allow for them to track their ballots. Whether taking advantage of the early voting option, mail in ballots or if they decide to vote at their local precinct on election day, Braveboy said she contends that every precaution has been taken to ensure a fair electoral process.
“I know there is some rhetoric coming out of what was once called 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, which is now known as Black Lives Matter ,” Braveboy said with a wry chuckle. “If you vote any way you choose to, you can feel confident your vote will be counted. It is very safe.”
Braveboy is concerned that President Trump’s rhetoric is a voter suppression tactic designed to discourage voters from taking advantage of the pre Nov. 3 options that are in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many elderly residents and others with pre-existing health conditions are planning to vote via mail-in ballots, which has drawn the ire of Trump and the Republican Party who continue to question the validity of a process, which is already being employed by many state’s around the nation.
Maryland residents have the option to vote in person before Election Day or take advantage of the mail-in ballot. The early voting period runs from Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2, but dates and hours at precincts may vary based on local municipality guidelines for those who want to use standard walk up voting. Those who look to cast mail in or absentee ballots must be registered to vote and also have the option to vote by mail and must be registered by 5 p.m. on Oct.13 as well. All eligible voters must be registered by Oct. 13 and those who vote early can follow their ballot’s progress.
“If you want to make sure your ballot has been received and counted, you can use website,” Braveboy said. “The voter services page will allow you to track the status of your ballot.”
There are 11 early voting centers that are scheduled to be open for early voting in Prince George’s County. Voters can take advantage of the “vote in-person” option at the early voting center of their choice during the early voting dates or the election day vote center they choose on Nov. 3. They can also use drop boxes to hand in ballots, which Braveboy said are protected for 24 hours through until the conclusion of election day.
“Even if you have a problem with the mail-in system there are drop boxes available throughout the County so you can still safely cast your vote,” said Braveboy.