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    COVID-19 and the Upcoming Elections


     

    The schedules for Maryland’s spring elections have been changed due to the ongoing pandemic.

    Please see the most updated information as of April 27, 2020 Maryland's Primary Election now on June 2, 2020.

    For ongoing information about both elections, please see also the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

     

     Presidential Primary Election

    Election Day:   Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    The primary election will be primarily a mail-in election with no early voting and very limited in-person voting on Election Day only. Eligible active registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail, along with postage-paid envelopes. Voters may also request that an absentee ballot be sent to them electronically

    Deadlines for Voter Registration:

    By Mail:            Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Online:             Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    In-Person:        Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (only)

     

    How to Complete & Return Your Mail-In Ballot

    Ballots will be mailed with instructions for marking and returning them to the Board of Elections. Follow the instructions carefully – you must sign an oath that accompanies the ballot. Failure to complete the return envelope correctly may result in your ballot not being counted. 

    Ballots must be postmarked no later than 8:00 pm June 2 in order to be counted, but voters are encouraged to return them earlier if possible.  The Board of Elections website includes a form where you can check to see if your ballot was received.

    In addition to returning ballots by mail, voters may also choose to return their ballots using secure drop boxes - see list of locations of vote centers and drop boxes. Website and contact information for each county’s local Board of Elections is available on the State Board of Elections website.

    Protect your ballot -- Do not give your ballot to anyone who offers to collect ballots.  Put it directly in the U.S. Mail or a Board of Elections drop box.

     

    Voting by Mail & Party Affiliation for the Primary

    Voters will receive a Republican or Democratic ballot if they are affiliated with one of those parties (click to learn more about Maryland’s closed primary system). If there are nonpartisan races on the ballot (such as Board of Education or municipal offices), voters not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties will receive a nonpartisan ballot.

    To check what will be on your ballot enter your address in LWVMD’s Voters’ Guide Tool at the bottom of this page.

     

    Limited In-Person Voting

    Voters who need to use a ballot marking device, those registering to vote for the first time, and those who did not receive their ballot but believe they are registered, will be able to vote in person on Election Day, June 2, from 7 am to 8 pm at voting centers that will be set up in each county.  There will be at least one voting center in each county, but no more than four. These may be locations that were used for Early Voting in previous elections. Website and contact information for each county’s local Board of Elections is available on the State Board of Elections website

    Because of the risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus wherever large numbers of people are gathered, voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail if at all possible and to use in-person voting only if it is not possible to vote by mail.


    How Will These Changes Affect You?

    Different groups of voters will be affected differently by these changes. Visit the topics below for information relating to specific groups of voters.


    VOTE411 - Information on the Candidates and Issues

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    LWVMD, CCMD & MD PIRG Propose Changes to Mitigate Week-Long Delay in Mailing of Ballots

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The League of Women Voters of Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, and Maryland PIRG today urged the State Board of Elections to take steps to mitigate issues caused by a delay in ballots arriving to Baltimore City Voters. The Maryland State Board of Elections is holding an emergency meeting today at 4:30 pm to consider changes for the June 2, 2020 election. Because of a week-long delay in mailing ballots to Baltimore, some city voters may not receive them in time to vote by mail. Read our full letter below: 


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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, June 06, 2020 at 09:00 AM · $10.00 USD · 36 rsvps
    Zoom

    LWVMD *Virtual* Council


    While Marylanders stay physically distant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the critical work and internal operations of the League of Women Voters of Maryland continue unabated.  At a time of unprecedented challenges, the state League is eager to engage members in virtual collaboration and learning as we prepare for the year ahead.


    LWVMD Virtual State Council 2020

    A century ago, our foremothers won the right to vote. The League of Women Voters was founded to engage women in government, as voters, educators and advocates.  One hundred years later, we are united in our mission to empower voters and defend democracy, yet many obstacles remain.  As we begin the League's second centennial, our success will depend on understanding our changing world, facing our mistakes and working together to create a more perfect democracy.


    AGENDA

    8:30am - 9:00am - Log Into Zoom Meeting/Zoom Assistance

    9:00 am - 9:45 am - Welcome & Business Meeting*

    9:45 am - 10:30 am - Getting Out the Vote from Your Home - Trainer, Maggie Bush, Programs & Outreach Director LWVUS

    *15 Minute Coffee Break*

    10:45 am - 11:30 am - How to Combat Online Election Disinformation - Trainer, Bret Schafer, Media & Digital Disinformation Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

    11:30 am - 12 pm - Keynote Speaker - Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins

    Former LWVUS President & Author of

    The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters

    Receive a 20% discount code with registration!

    NOTE: The LWVMD Virtual State Council will be conducted online via Zoom.  Although you may listen in by telephone, attendance on a computer or smart device is strongly recommended.


    *According to the LWVMD bylaws, "The Council shall give guidance to the board on Program, methods of operation and proposed budget.  (For voting purposes) the council shall be composed of the LWVMD board, two representatives from each local League, and one from each MAL unit and inter-League organization.”

    Click here to review the Council Workbook.

    ALL members are welcome to attend Council and enjoy our excellent speakers!

    PLEASE CLICK HERE TO INDICATE WHETHER YOU WILL BE A VOTING DELEGATE


    TICKET LEVELS

    The general admission price for our Virtual State Council is $10 to cover basic costs for the planning, resources and technology for the event.  

    If this fee creates a barrier to admission for you, please contact stateoffice@lwvmd.org to request a scholarship from the Lois Stoner Fund to cover the ticket cost.

    There are several gift ticket levels should you wish to add a contribution to LWVMD to your ticket purchase.  A gift is not required for admission to Council nor does it provide additional features of any kind to Council.

    If you are interested in other opportunities to support the work of LWVMD as we head into the next 100 years, please visit https://www.lwvmd.org/make_donation to learn about our funds.

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