Maryland Blogger: Voting Advice from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

Voting Advice from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

Voting Advice from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich


Election day is less than two months away, and for those who have ordered mail-in ballots (it is not too late to do that), they will begin arriving in just a few weeks. 

This will be an election unlike any we have experienced. Here in Montgomery County, we will only have about 40 polling places open throughout the County on election day (usually there are 255 voting locations). Here’s some important information:

  • There are three ways to vote: by mail, in-person early voting (Monday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Nov. 2) and in-person election day (Tuesday, Nov. 3).
  • Voting by mail is the best way to avoid lines and crowds. You must apply for a ballot – either with the application you should have received in the mail or online.
  • If you apply for a mail-in ballot, please request a ballot in the mail – not through an email link (unless you have to).
  • The email link/internet version requires two people to hand copy the results onto a ballot that can be scanned – that is a lot of work and will slow the final vote count.
  • You can check the status of your ballot application online.
  • Paper ballots will begin to arrive in the mail in late September or the beginning of October. They come with a postage pre-paid envelope to mail back.
  • Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked on or before election day. Mail early or plan to  put your mail-in ballot in a voting drop box.
  • Secure drop boxes will be located at all early voting sites beginning Oct. 1 and at all voting centers on Oct. 15. A list of all locations will be included with your ballot. 
  • Please SIGN THE AFFIDAVIT printed on the envelope that holds your ballot. Do not sign the ballot.
  • Early voting from Oct. 26 through Nov 2 will be available at 11 sites around the County. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can early vote at any center, regardless of where you live in the County.
  • You can register to vote until Tuesday, Oct. 13, and also at early voting centers and on Election Day. More information on how to register is available at MD Board of Elections website. Online registration is recommended if possible.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 16 days ago

Hello Roy - during any time, knowing and understanding ones voiting options is important.  This is a good "share".  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 16 days ago

Good evening Roy Kelley ,

Good way to let your area know what to expect on voting options. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) 16 days ago

Morning Roy.

One thing for sure, this election will go down in the history books, regardless of who wins.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 16 days ago

Good Suynday morning, Roy... an excellent PSA abut voting options. At the end of the day, I personally believe it should be so much less complicated and I'm a big believer in going to the polls unless there is absolutely no other option.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 16 days ago

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 16 days ago

Voting this year is so darned important. So very much at stake. :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 16 days ago

This year, more than any previous years of voting, require us to be alert to what is required to vote, and have that vote counted!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 15 days ago