Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Governor issued a proclamation on March 17 postponing the Primary Election in Maryland from April 28 to June 2. The State Board of Elections must submit a plan to the Governor by April 3 on how to conduct this election to ensure the safety of voters, election judges, and election officials. Please go to the Maryland State Board of Elections website for the most up to date information.
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
- Tuesday April 7, 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 April 7, the close of voter registration. If you cannot register by this date, see Same Day Registration at Early Voting and on Election Day below.
Same Day Registration at Early Voting
- If you have not registered to vote in Maryland by April 7, you may register for the first time, declare a party affiliation, and vote the same day at Early Voting in the county where you live. 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.
- If you are already registered, you can change your name or address during Early Voting but a change to party affiliation will not take effect until the NEXT election.
Early Voting Centers are open Thursday, April 16 through Thursday, April 23, 2020
New for 2020 - Same Day Registration on Election Day
- If you have not registered to vote in Maryland by April 7, you may register for the first time, declare a party affiliation, and vote the same day at your assigned precinct polling place on Primary Election Day, April 28, 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.