How to Vote

General Election - Tuesday November 3, 2020. Early voting - October 26-November 2, 2020.

In accordance with the Governor’s direction for the General Election, voters will be able to choose among three ways to vote: mail-in / drop-off voting (absentee), in-person Early Voting, and in-person voting on Election Day.  To protect yourself from COVID-19, the League of Women Voters and Montgomery County officials strongly recommend the mail-in / drop off option.

Three Ways to Vote

  1. Mail-in (absentee): A Two Step Process

Step 1 – Complete an application for a mail-in ballot and return it to the Board of Election by October 20 in order to be sent an actual ballot to vote. Every active registered voter should have received that application with a postage paid return envelope by early September, if they had not already submitted one earlier. If you did not receive an application, you can get one in one of the following ways:

  1. Online: Access the online application here. You must have a Maryland driver’s license or other MVA issued card to apply online. The online process is also used for voter registration so by using it you will make sure your voter registration is correct. The online application can also be accessed by texting VBM to 77788.
  2. By Mail: Print out the form in English or Spanish, fill it out, and return by mail, email, fax or in person to the Board of Elections.
  3. By Phone: Call the Montgomery County Board of Elections, 240-777-8550

On your application, when answering "How do you want to receive your ballot?" please check "U.S. Mail." If you check "Internet Delivery" or "Fax," you will print your ballot at home on paper the scanner won’t recognize, so the Board of Elections will have to transfer your answers to ballot paper the scanner will recognize.

 To check whether your application has been received, go to Voter Lookup.

Step 2Vote Your Absentee Ballot and Return It.

The completed mail-in ballot must be signed and

  • Postmarked on or before Election Day; or
  • Dropped off at any Ballot Drop Off box available throughout the County by November 3, at 8 pm; or
  • Hand delivered to any of 11 Vote Centers during Early Voting
  • Hand delivered to any of 38 Vote Centers on Election Day

More information on vote by mail at Maryland State Board of Elections

  1. Vote in person during Early Voting – Monday October 26 through Monday, November 2, 2020 from 7:00am to 8:00pm at any one of eleven Early Voting Centers. You may go to any Early Voting Center. You can also update your address or name.  If you have not already registered to vote in Maryland, may register for the first time and vote the same day provided you bring identification.
  2. Vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 from 7:00 am – 8:00pm at any of 38 Vote Centers in the county. Early Voting Centers, Montgomery County high schools, and a few other facilities will serve as Vote Centers. If you have not already registered to vote in Maryland, you may register for the first time and vote the same day provided you bring identification.  Vote Center locations will be posted on Montgomery County Board of Elections website when finalized.

Election workers are still needed for in-person voting. Registered Maryland voters who are 16 years of age or older are needed to provide assistance to voters at the polls. At stipend is provided.

Whether you vote by mail or in person, you should make sure that your registration is up to date. You can check your voter registration at Voter Lookup and update your address if necessary. If you are not registered to vote in Maryland, you may register online. Also see How Do I Register.

More Information



Votacion en Persona (In-Person Voting)

Como Votar en Persona (How to Vote In-Person)

Registracion de Votantes (Voter Registration)

Como Registrar para Votar (How to Register to Vote)

Información Sobre las Elecciones (Election Information)

Donde Hay Informacion para Votar (Where to Find Election Information)

Votacion por Correo (Mail-in Voting)

Como Votar por Correo (How to Vote by Mail)


Want to learn more?

For more information on topics studied by our League, see the Making Democracy Work Committee