Updated: Aug 29
Because of the unique nature of this general election occurring in a health pandemic and requiring numerous ways to vote, in particular the mail-in vote option, the King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) is providing its members with information on how to vote during this voting season. Please consider that this election will be like no other and will require a new way of looking at election day. In particular, many more voters than in previous elections will vote either by mail or in person over several weeks—thus instead of having a voting day, there will be a voting season. In addition, the results of the election may not be known the evening of November 3rd or the morning of November 4th; the results of the election may take at least a week because of the enormous number of mail-in ballots. Therefore, the KFNV hopes that this information will help its members create a voting plan during this unprecedented, unusual general election.
A. Check to see if your registration needs to be updated—e.g., Change of address or party. If changing a party affiliation, you must submit a completed voter registration form. Note: changing your party affiliation is only necessary for a primary election.
B. To register, you can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) at https://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/index.html, or you can submit a paper voter registration application to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections.
C. You must submit your completed paper voter registration by October 13, 2020, for the Presidential General Election. If using Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR), you have until 9:00 pm on October 13th to submit your application.
D. If you need to register for the first time in Maryland, you can do so on Election Day, November 3rd. You must bring a document that shows where you live like an MVA-issued driver’s license or utility bill.
E. Some places where you can register to vote in person are:
2. HOW TO VOTE
A. Mail-in (formerly called absentee) ballots
1. Maryland is a “no-excuse” state in that you do not need a reason to apply for a mail-in ballot.
2. APPLICATIONS for mail-in ballots will be mailed to all registered voters at the end of August—August 24-August 31st.
Note: This is a change from the primary election where all registered voters were mailed actual ballots.
a. Instead of waiting for an application by mail, you can now:
1. Request an application online by visiting the Md Board of Elections website https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1 and submit the application on-line. In order to request an online application, you must have a Maryland Driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card.
2. You can also download and print a paper application at https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/documents/Absentee_Ballot_Application_English.pdf fill it out, and mail to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
3. You can call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-8500 to have an application mailed to you.
4. When filling out the mail-in ballot application, it is extremely important that you request the “US Mail (preferred)” not the “Internet Delivery” ballot choice; for if you request the Internet Delivery request which is an email link, your ballot will have to be hand counted. This will be very time-consuming.
5. The mail-in ballot application must be received by October 20th by the Board of Elections.
b. When you receive your ballot, complete it, sign it, and mail it to the Montgomery County Board of Elections, or drop it off at a secure ballot drop. You can also hand deliver your ballot to the Montgomery County Board of Elections, an Early Voting Center, or an election day voting center. To ensure that your mail-in ballot is counted, it is suggested that you return it as soon as possible.
c. Drop boxes will be available at all Early Voting Sites (See section B 1. below for a list of sites.), Rockville City Hall, the Board of Elections, and a residents-only small drop box at Leisure World.
d. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day but will be considered “timely” if received by November 13th.
e. If you drop off or hand deliver your ballot, you must do so by 8 pm on election day November 3rd.
f. For more information on the mail-in voting process, please go to the Maryland State Board of Elections website at: http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/absentee.html.
g. To confirm whether your ballot has been issued to you, please visit: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.
B. Early Voting
1. Eleven (11) Early Voting locations:
a. Activity Center at Bohrer Park
b. Damascus Community Recreation Center
c. Executive Office Building
d. Germantown Community Recreation Center
e. Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center
f. Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center
g. Mid-County Community Recreation Center
h. Potomac Community Recreation Center
i. Silver Spring Civic Building
j. Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Station
k. Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections/index2.html#tab2 provides a list of Early Voting locations.
2. You can vote at any Early Voting center.
3. Early Voting is from 7 am to 8 pm, Oct. 26-Nov. 2nd, including Sunday, November 1st.
C. Election Day Voting on November 3rd
1. Note: You can vote at any polling place. You won’t vote at the places you voted in prior elections like local elementary schools. Rather, there will be larger capacity polling locations--but less locations.
2. The voting locations will be at the 25 high schools, the 11 Early Voting Centers, and two (2) additional sites for a total of 38 sites.
3. The Election Day voting hours are 7 am to 8 pm.
3. KEY CHANGES FROM THE PRIMARY ELECTION
A. There will be drop boxes around the county to drop off your mail-in ballots if you would rather not mail them.
B. All active registered voters in Montgomery County will be mailed an application for a ballot from the Maryland State Board of Elections between August 24th and August 31st. You must fill out and return the application to receive a mail-in ballot. This is unlike the primary where registered voters were sent the actual ballots.
C. You can vote at any of the 11 voting locations for Early Voting and at any of the 38 locations for Election Day voting.
4. KEY DATES
5. GENERAL INFORMATION AND VOTER ASSISTANCE
https://elections.maryland.gov for the Maryland State Board of Elections;
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-984-9585 (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm) for the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County
As further voting support for its members, the KFNV will be hosting a virtual Zoom event on September 9th at 7 pm with a representative from the League of Women Voters who will be speaking about the voting process, including the mail-in ballot process. Email invitations for this event will be sent out soon.
In short, please remember to:
Verify your registration;
Outline your plan to vote;
Turn in your ballot; and
Early vote or send your ballot in early.