From the Editor.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting will not be the same as usual. Here is how it will work in Montgomery County, Maryland for the General Election. You may choose among three options: Vote by Mail, Early Voting Center Option, or General Election Day Option.
1. VOTE BY MAIL/ ABSENTEE BALLOT OPTION
All voters will receive a Vote by Mail Application in the mail around the first week of September. WHAT ALL VOTERS WILL RECEIVE IN THE MAIL IS NOT THE ACTUAL BALLOT. You don’t need to wait to receive this application and can request to receive an Absentee Ballot (also called a Mail-in Ballot) online. CLICK HERE if you would like to order a Mail-in Ballot online. (NOTE: The target date for the Board of Elections (BOE) to begin mailing ballots is September 24.)
Your Vote by Mail Application must be received by BOE (not just mailed) by:
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website. This process slows down the vote counting after the election, so use this only if necessary.
Your completed and signed Absentee Ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd. It is advised to mail your ballot much sooner than that. Instead of mailing your ballot, you may drop it off at a Voting Center Drop Box. There will be Drop Boxes at all Early Voting locations and High Schools as well as the office of the Board of Elections. You have until 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd to drop it off and if you don’t want to drop off your own ballot, you can ask a trusted friend to do it for you. Additional Drop Boxes may be added.
2. EARLY VOTING CENTER OPTION
You may vote at any one of 11 early voting sites. CLICK HERE to see the list of Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County The Early Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day from October 29 through November 2nd. They will also be open on General Election Day, November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
3. GENERAL ELECTION DAY OPTION, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
You will not vote at your usual local polling location. On November 3rd, you may choose to vote at any of the county’s 25 public high schools or at any of the 11 Early Voting Sites, for a total of 36 locations. Keep in mind,the number of voting locations on November 3rd is greatly reduced from previous General Elections, but the voting centers will be much larger to accommodate voters. The reason for the reduction of polling sites is because of a shortage of poll workers. (Many of the mostly elderly poll workers have indicated they will not work at the polls due to the risk associated with COVID-19.)
VOTING CENTERS ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY
On November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 11 Early Voting Centers and all 25 Public High Schools in Montgomery County will be open.
Here is a list of the 25 High Schools:
- Albert Einstein High School
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- Clarksburg High School
- Colonel Zadok Magruder High School
- Damascus High School
- Gaithersburg High School
- James Hubert Blake High School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Northwest High School
- Northwood High School
- Paint Branch High School
- Poolesville High School
- Quince Orchard High School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Rockville High School
- Seneca Valley High School
- Sherwood High School
- Springbrook High School
- Thomas S. Wootton High School
- Walt Whitman High School
- Walter Johnson High School
- Watkins Mill High School
- Wheaton High School
- Winston Churchill High School
CLICK HERE to do any of the following (note: some of this information has not yet been updated to reflect the latest changes)
- Review your voter registration record.
- Request a duplicate voter registration card.
- Find out where to vote (CHANGE: You may now vote at any early voting center of any of the 25 public high schools.).
- Find out your voting districts.
- Find out your local board of elections.
- See the status of your absentee or provisional ballot.
- View your sample ballot.
Not registered to vote yet? CLICK HERE to become a registered voter through an online process. You may also stop by the Montgomery County Board of Elections Office to register in person at 118753 N. Frederick Ave, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.