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Introduction

Important Note: By emergency proclamation of the Governor, the 2020 Presidential Primary Election has been postponed to June 2, 2020. The State Board of Elections submitted a comprehensive plan to the Governor on April 3, 2020, for the administration of this election. On April 10, 2020, the Governor issued a proclamation ratifying the plan adopted by the State Board of Elections. This page has been updated to reflect the Governor’s Proclamation. We will update the information on this page promptly if further details of the election change.


How Maryland Votes (PDF)

Who can vote?

Any registered voter can vote. If you are not registered to vote, learn about how to register.

When can I vote?

For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, a ballot will be mailed to all registered and eligible voters. You must be registered with the Democratic or Republican parties to vote for President and most other contests.  If you are not registered with either party, you may only be eligible to vote for school board candidates if your jurisdiction has a school board election this year. You can check your registration status and party registration here.  

For the 2020 Presidential General Election:

  • You can either vote in person during early voting or on election day or by absentee ballot.
  • Early voting starts the 2nd Thursday before an election through the Thursday before an election. In the primary, each early voting center will be open continuously from 10 am to 8 pm each day. In the general, each early voting center will be open continuously from 8 am to 8 pm each day. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.
  • On election day, you can vote at your assigned polling place. If you do not know where your polling place is, please visit our voter look-up website. On election day, polling places are open continuously from 7 am until 8 pm on. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

If you are unable to vote during early voting or on election day, you may vote by absentee ballot. Find out more information about absentee voting.

Where should I vote?

For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election: 

  • The majority of voting will be conducted by mail. An absentee ballot will be mailed to all registered and eligible voters. You must be registered with the Democratic or Republican parties to vote for President and most other contests.  If you are not registered with either party, you may only be eligible to vote for school board candidates if your jurisdiction has a school board election this year. You can check your registration status and party registration here.  

  • You can mail your voted ballot in the return envelope provided, or you can drop off your voted ballot at designated drop off locations (lugares designados para dejarlos) from May 21, 2020 through June 2, 2020.  

  • If you are unable to vote by mail, you may vote in-person on election day, June 2, 2020, at designated vote centers (centros de votación designados) in the jurisdiction where you live.

For the 2020 Presidential General Election only:

  • During early voting, you can vote at any early voting center in the jurisdiction where you live. Find out where the early voting center or centers are in your jurisdiction.
  • On election day, you should vote where you live. If your voter registration is up-to-date, you can refer to your Voter Notification Card for your precinct number and polling place location or use the voter look-up website. However, if you moved and have not updated your voter registration information, enter your new address in the Polling Place Locator. You will be required to vote a provisional ballot at the new polling place.

How will I cast my vote?

For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election: 

  • All registered and eligible voters will receive a paper ballot in the mail. Use a black ink pen to fill in the ovals next to your choices. You can return your voted ballot by mail using the envelope provided. All mailed ballots must be postmarked by election day, June 2, 2020. You can also drop off your voted ballot at designated drop off locations (lugares designados para dejarlos) from May 21, 2020 through June 2, 2020.  Absentee ballots will be scanned at the local election office.

  • If you are unable to vote by mail, you can vote in-person on election day at designated vote centers (centros de votación designados) in the jurisdiction where you live. On election day, you will either hand mark a paper ballot or make your selections on an accessible ballot marking device. Review your ballot choices, place your voted ballot into the privacy sleeve and take it to the scanner. An election worker will direct you to insert your ballot into the scanning unit to cast your vote. Your ballot will be scanned and dropped into a secure ballot box.

  • For provisional voting on election day, you will be issued a paper ballot. Use a black ink pen to fill in the oval next to your choices. Provisional ballots are returned to the local election office in secure bags on election night. Provisional ballots will be scanned at the local election office.

For the 2020 Presidential General Election:

  • During early voting or on election day, you will hand mark a paper ballot. Use the pen provided to fill in the oval next to your choices. You can also mark your ballot electronically. Review your ballot choices, place your voted ballot into the privacy sleeve and take it to the scanner. An election worker will direct you to insert your ballot into the scanning unit to cast your vote. Your ballot will be scanned and dropped into a secure ballot box.
  • There will be instructions available at the early voting centers and at your polling place to familiarize you with the ballot. You may ask an election judge to explain how to vote, but you must cast your vote alone, unless you are unable to do so because you have a disability or are unable to read or write the English language.
  • For absentee voting and provisional voting, you will issued a paper ballot. Use a black ink pen to fill in the oval next to your choices. Provisional ballots are returned to local election office in secure bags on election night. Absentee and provisional ballots will be scanned at the local election office.

I have a disability. Will I be able to vote?

Yes. All vote centers and most polling places in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.

See Access by Voters with Disabilities for more information.

Are election materials available in languages other than English?

Federal law requires Montgomery County to provide election materials in Spanish. Non-English materials may be provided in other jurisdictions on a voluntary basis. Contact your local board of elections to determine what is available in your jurisdiction.