October 14, 2020

Voting Update: Avoid Lines and Stay Safe by Voting by Mail

Election day—Tuesday, Nov. 3—is less than three weeks month away, and for those who have ordered mail-in ballots (it is not too late to do that), they will arrive soon—if they have not already arrived.

In Montgomery County, there will only be about 40 polling places open throughout the County on Election Day (usually there are 255 voting locations).

Some important election information:
  • Residents can still register to vote. This can be done in-person at early voting centers and on Election Day. More information on how to register is available at Maryland Board of Elections website.
  • There are three ways to vote: by mail, in-person early voting (Monday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Nov. 2) and in-person on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3).
  • Voting by mail is the best way to avoid lines and crowds. Apply for a ballot either with the application you should have received in the mail or online.
  • If applying for a mail-in ballot, request a ballot in the mail—not to be printed through an email link (unless you have to).
  • Ballots printed through the email link/internet require two people to hand copy the results onto a ballot that can be scanned. That is a lot of work and will slow the final vote count.
  • Check the status of your ballot application online.
  • Paper ballots mailed to you will come with a postage pre-paid envelope to mail back (or to deposit in a voting drop box).
  • Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Mail early or put your mail-in ballot in a voting drop box.
  • Secure drop boxes are now at all voting centers. The list of drop box locations can be found at https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/PG20_Drop%20Box%20Locations.pdf
  • When voting by mail or with a ballot printed via the Internet, be sure to sign the oath that comes with the ballot. Ballots will not be counted if the oath is not signed. For ballots delivered via the email/Internet, the oath will be on a separate piece of paper. For ballots that come to you via the mail, the oath will be printed on the envelope that holds the ballot. Do not sign the ballot.
  • Early voting from Oct. 26 through Nov 2 will be available at 11 sites around the County. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All voters can vote at any early center, regardless of where you live in the County.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.