COVID-19 and the Upcoming Election


 

NOTE: Unlike the spring primary (when ballots were sent automatically to all active registered voters, with in-person voting election day only at vote centers).

For the fall general election, mail-in ballots must be requested by October 20.

There will be in-person voting during early voting (Oct 26-Nov 2) and on election day (Nov 3).

 Presidential General Election

Early Voting: Monday, October 26th (through Monday November 2nd) - 7am-8pm

Election Day:   Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 7am-8pm


Deadlines for Voter Registration:

By Mail:            Wednesday, October 13, 2020

Online:             Wednesday, October 13, 2020

In-Person:        Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (you can register in person at early voting and on Election Day - but to avoid lines at polling places it is best to register in advance)

 

How to Request Your Mail-In Ballot

You must request a mail-in ballot for the November 2020 election. They will not come automatically this time.

  • This is different from the primary election in June, when ballots were automatically mailed to all eligible registered voters. 

Options for requesting your mail-in ballot:

  • Request your ballot online now.
    • This will require a Maryland driver’s license or state ID, but you will be done in five minutes. 
  • Download and print a ballot request form. English | Español 
    • Fill it out and mail it now. You will need your own envelope and stamp, but you’ll be done.
  • If you are an active registered voter you will be mailed a request form, so you can wait for your ballot request form to come in the mail.
    • The first request forms will be mailed on approximately August 24.
    • Complete the request form as soon as it comes, and return it right away.
    • This request form will come with a postage-paid envelope.
  • The sooner you request your ballot, the sooner it should come in the mail. 
    • We recommend that you ask that your ballot be delivered by U.S. Mail unless it is not practical for you to use that option. Ballots printed from the internet must be hand-copied onto standard ballots for scanning once they are received at the Board of Elections, and this would delay the counting of your ballot.

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 November 3rd 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. 

Protect your ballotBe wary of anyone who offers to collect ballots.  Put it directly in the U.S. Mail or a Board of Elections drop box or, if you ask friend to take your ballot to a drop box, be sure that it is sealed in its envelope.

 

In-Person Voting at Vote Centers

Early Voting: Monday, October 26th (through Monday November 2nd) - 7am-8pm

  • Avoid the rush – vote early!
  • Each county (and Baltimore City) will have at least one more vote center than in the primary election.
    • Locations are being finalized as of August 25, 2020.
  • Voter registration will be available at all vote centers.

Election Day Voting:  November 3, 2020, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

  • All voting will take place at vote centers.
    • Early voting centers will all be open on Election Day also.
    • Additional vote centers will be available locations are being finalized as of August 25, 2020.
  • Using vote centers instead of polling places on Election Day enables you to visit any vote center in your county to cast your official ballot - vote center locations are being finalized. 
  • Voter registration will be available at all vote centers.

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.

See the State Board of Elections 2020 General Election Page for more info


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