Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020. The Governor issued a Proclamation on April 10, 2020 authorizing the use of alternative voting methods.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Primary Election will be conducted primarily by mail. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail from the Board of Elections and will return the voted ballot by mail. See How to Vote for more details.
The General Election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.
This is a Presidential election in which voters will select candidates for the following offices:
- President of the United States
- U. S. Congressional Representatives
- Note: Neither U.S. Senator from Maryland’s six-year term expires in 2020. The next election of U.S. Senator from Maryland will be in 2022.
- Judge of the Sixth Circuit Court
Montgomery County offices:
- Montgomery County Board of Education
Delegates to the National Political Party Conventions
Deadlines for Registering to Vote
- Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm: Deadline to be registered online or by mail or to change your party affiliation for the Primary Election.
- To make the voting process quicker, the Board of Elections encourages you to register to vote by May 27, the close of voter registration. If you cannot register by this date, see Same Day Registration on Election Day below.
New for 2020 - Same Day Registration on Election Day
- If you have not registered to vote in Maryland by May 27, you may register for the first time, declare a party affiliation, and vote the same day at one of four Voting Centers in Montgomery County on Primary Election Day, June 2, 2020. You must bring a document that proves where you live such as a Maryland driver’s license, identification card, learner’s permit, or other proof of residency.
Which Offices Can I Vote for in the Primary?
Because Maryland uses a closed primary system, you must be a registered Republican or Democrat to vote for that party’s candidates for all offices other than non-partisan Board of Education offices. Voters registered with other political parties and unaffiliated voters can vote only for the nonpartisan Board of Education candidates, unless a major party chooses to open its primary. In the November general election, all registered voters may vote for any candidate or ballot issue.