The next statewide election is in 2020. The Primary Election will be held on April 28, 2020 and the General Election on 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 Board of Education
Delegates to the National Political Party Conventions
Want to find out more about your county government? See Know Your County, April 2018.
- The City of Gaithersburg will hold an election on November 5, 2019 to elect members of the City Council who serve staggered four-year terms.
- The City of Rockville will elect their entire five-member Mayor and Council to four-year terms in an all mail-in vote in November 2019.
- The City of Takoma Park will elect a Mayor and all six City Council members on November 3, 2020, the same day as the Presidential Election.
YouTube video from Maryland State Board of Elections explaining what they do between elections to prepare for the next election.
Deadline for Registering to Vote
Maryland law has required that you must be registered to vote three weeks before the election in order to vote, unless you register at Early Voting. Otherwise, you must register for the first time or make changes to your name, address or political party affiliation
by Tuesday, April 7, 2020 for the Primary Election or
by Tuesday, October 13, 2020 for the General Election
Same Date Registration at Early Voting
If qualified, you may register and vote the same day at an Early Voting Center. You can also make changes to your name or address during early voting but may not change your party affiliation. Early Voting Centers are open:
For the Primary Election Thursday, April 16 - Thursday, April 23, 2020
For the General Election Thursday, October 22 - Thursday, October 29, 2020
Same Day Registration on Election Day
Maryland law governing voter registration changed on November 6, 2018 when voters approved a constitutional amendment permitting same day registration and voting at the precinct polling place on election day. The Maryland legislature must first pass a law to implement the constitutional amendment so details are not yet available. Current state law requires you to register to vote three weeks before an election.
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.