How to Vote

Three Ways to Vote in the General Election

1. VOTE EARLY at any one of the eleven Montgomery County Early Voting Centers near you. You may also register and vote the same day at an Early Voting Center if you bring a document that proves where you live.

  • Early Voting Center locations.
  • Early Voting Dates for the General Election are Thursday, October 25 – Thursday, November 1, 10 am to 8 pm
  • Note: Early Voting Centers are not open on Election Day.

2. VOTE by MAIL (ABSENTEE BALLOT). Any registered voter may vote by mail; no reason is needed.

Apply for an absentee ballot:

  • Request an absentee ballot from the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
  • Download an absentee application from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
  • Call the Board of Elections at 240-777-8550 to have an absentee application mailed to you.

Return the application by the deadline date to the Board of Elections by mail, by fax (240-777-8560), or in person, and they will mail you a ballot. Deadlines to apply for an absentee ballot for the 2018 General Election:

  • by Tuesday, October 30 if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
  • by Friday, November 2 if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website
  • by Tuesday, November 6 to pick up a ballot at the Board of Elections office, 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20979. 

Mail or deliver the completed absentee ballot in person to the Board of Elections by 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Do not fax the absentee ballot to the Board of Elections or take it to a precinct polling location or an Early Voting Center; it will not be counted.
For more information, see Montgomery County Board of Elections, Absentee – Frequently Asked Questions 

3. VOTE ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, November 6, 2018

  • At your designated local precinct polling location from 7 am until 8 pm
  • Check your polling location on the sample ballot that is mailed to you from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. You can also look up your polling place online.

What is the voting process in Maryland?

Can I work at the election?

Registered voters are always needed to work as election judges at the polls, especially those who also speak Spanish or other languages. Training and a stipend is provided. For more information, contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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For more details on the election process and topics studied by our League, see the Making Democracy Work Committee

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