How to Vote

Three Ways to Vote

at any one of the 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 proving that you live in the county.

Early Voting Center locations for the 2020 election have not yet been determined.
Note: Early Voting Centers are not open on Election Day. A few Early Voting Centers serve as precincts on Election Day but most do not. Check your polling place.

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

1) Get an absentee ballot in one of three ways:

  • Request an absentee ballot from the Maryland State Board of Elections website. OR
  • Download an absentee application from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. OR
  • Call the Board of Elections at 240-777-8550 to have an absentee application mailed to you. OR
  • Go to the Board of Elections in person, complete your application, receive and vote your ballot the same day once absentee ballots are available.

2) 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 2020 Primary and General Election have not yet been established.

3) Mail the completed absentee ballot or deliver it in person to the Board of Elections. 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


  • 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.

League publications
These publications will be updated and posted once information is available from the Board of Elections.

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Want to learn more?

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

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