How to Vote

General Information

Voting in the 2022 statewide Gubernatorial elections – Primary Election on July 19, 2022 and General Election on November 8, 2022 – will see a return to pre-pandemic election procedures with a few changes. 

New Election Districts in 2022

New districts based on the 2020 census will be in effect for the 2022 election. Go to Voter Lookup closer to the election to find your voting district for 1) Congressional District - for U.S. Representatives in Congress, 2) Legislative District - State Senator and Delegates, 3) County Council District, and 4) Board of Education District.

The Board of Elections will notify voters of any changes to their assigned districts and Election Day precinct polling place.

Three Ways to Vote

Method One: Mail-in Ballot

Any registered voter in Maryland may vote by mail-in ballot. You don't need a reason to vote by mail-in ballot. To get a ballot, each voter must fill out an application.

Voters must first request a mail-in ballot. Voters can return their voted ballot after signing the envelope to one of the secure Ballot Drop boxes or by the U.S. mail.

New for 2022:

  • The Board of Elections will mail an application for a mail-in ballot to registered voters before the 2022 primary election.
    • Registered Democrats and Republicans will receive a mail-in ballot application in early February.
    • All other registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot application after February 22.
  • All registered voters may choose to be on a Permanent Mail-in Ballot List by checking the option “I would like to receive a mail-in ballot for all future federal and state elections.” on the mail-in ballot application. If you choose this option, you will not have to apply again for a mail-in ballot. Voters may ask to be removed from the Permanent Mail-in Ballot list at any time.

 

Method Two: Vote in person during Early Voting - July 7-14, 7am-8pm

Voters may go to any of 14 Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County during the early voting period and vote in person.

Registered voters can also update their address or name at Early Voting.

Same-day registration: Citizens who have not already registered to vote in Maryland may register for the first time, declare a party affiliation, and vote the same day, provided they bring identification.

Early Voting Centers are not open on Election Day unless they also serve as a precinct polling place.

New for 2022:

  • Longer hours—Early Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.
  • More Early Voting Centers—Fourteen (14) Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County instead of eleven (11).

 

Method Three: Vote in person on Primary Election Day, July 19, at your assigned precinct polling place

IMPORTANT and New for 2022: Voters must go to their assigned precinct polling place to vote on Election Day or they will have to use a provisional ballot.  This is a big change from 2020 when voters could go to any of 30 Vote Centers such as public high schools in the county.  

Note: Your precinct polling place may have changed due to redistricting. 

Same-day registration: Citizens who have not already registered to vote in Maryland may register for the first time, declare a party affiliation and vote the same day on Election Day, provided they bring identification.

 

Keep Your Voter Registration Up to Date

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.

 

League publications 

Handy reference documents.

  • Your Voice, Your Vote! Bookmark in English and Spanish
  • Your Voice, Your Vote! Pamphlet - formatted for printing on legal size paper, pamphlet can be folded and distributed 
  • Your Voice, Your Vote! Pamphlet - formatted for viewing on your computer or electronic device.
  • SU VOZ SU VOTO! Votar en el Condado de Montgomery Folleto - formateado para descargar/download;  el panfleto se dobla y se distribute. 
  • SU VOZ SU VOTO! Votar en el Condado de Montgomery Folleto - formateado para leer en computadora o aparato electrónico

 

More Information

 

Want to learn more?

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