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 May 26, 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


If you haven't received your ballot? Contact your Local Board of Elections TODAY - click here for contact information.


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.


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