Board of Election Voting Tips
Early Voting begins today in the Republican and Democratic primary elections to choose each party’s candidates who will appear on the ballot in November. Voters who are not affiliated with one of the major political parties can also cast a ballot in some nonpartisan contests. Early Voting continues through next Thursday, June 19. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 24 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Montgomery County’s Election Director, Margaret Jurgensen, encourages all registered voters to cast a ballot and has some suggestions for steps to make the voting process go smoothly and protect one’s right to vote.
Suggestions for voters:
- Be on time and avoid peak hours if possible. Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and voting hours on Election Day 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Whether you vote early or on Election Day, you must be in line to cast your ballot by 8 p.m. If you can, avoid the rush and vote in the late morning or mid-afternoon.
- Know your assigned polling place if voting on election day. On Election Day, you are only registered to vote at the polling place that serves the precinct where you live. Going to the wrong polling place can lengthen your time at the polling place and cause longer lines. Find your polling place, by checking the sample ballot mailed to your home, visit the official polling place locator at 777vote.org or call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240.777.VOTE.
- Check the wait time prior to leaving to vote early. Wait times at each of the nine Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County are updated in real time at 777vote.org.
- Bring a sample ballot to the polling place. Familiarize yourself with the contests and candidates on the ballot. Read your sample ballot carefully, make your selections in advance, and take it to the polling place to use as a guide – the voting process will be easier as a result. Your sample ballot also has answers to your questions about the voting process, including where to vote and how to operate the voting machines, and is printed in English and Spanish.
- Identification may be required. First-time voters in Montgomery County may be required to show proper identification such as a driver’s license or official document including your name and address. It can also be helpful to bring your voter registration card, but it is not required to vote.
- Ask for help when needed. If you have a question or problem at the polls, do not hesitate to ask for assistance. Election officials are trained to assist voters with physical disabilities and answer questions about the voting process. The ballot is available in both English and Spanish. Voters can also bring their own interpreter to the polling place to help them with the voting process. If you make a mistake on your ballot, notify the election official immediately so that you can get a new ballot before you cast it.