LWVAAC's Voters' Guide for the 2020 Primary Election is now available.
Click on the above image to download the Voters' Guide for Anne Arundel County. If you choose to print a copy, please be sure to select the "Scale to Fit" setting on your printer.
Hard copies are also available by request. Email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The schedules for Maryland’s spring elections have changed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The following information for Maryland's Primary Election is current as of April 15, 2020.
HOW TO VOTE IN MARYLAND’S 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION
MAIL-IN AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS
In early to mid May, the Board of Elections will mail a ballot and postage-paid return envelope to the address listed on the registration record of all eligible, active voters.
Registered voters who have missed voting in the past four years or whose mail has been returned to the Board of Elections may be deemed inactive. To ensure timely receipt of a ballot, voters are encouraged to verify their registration record with the Board of Elections. Go online to voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration. May 27 is the deadline to update a voter registration record and receive a mail-in ballot.
A Maryland registered voter may choose to vote absentee instead of by mail-in ballot. The absentee ballot can be delivered electronically (downloaded and printed) or mailed to a different address than the one listed on the voter’s registration record. Go online to elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html. May 26 is the deadline to request mail delivery of an absentee ballot; the last day to request an absentee ballot by download is May 29. Return postage is not provided for absentee ballots.
VOTING BY MAIL & PARTY AFFILIATION
Registered voters will receive a Republican or Democratic ballot if they are affiliated with one of those parties. (Click here to learn about Maryland’s closed primary system). Voters not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic party will receive a ballot by mail only if there is a nonpartisan contest, such as a Board of Education election, in their voting district.
RETURN BALLOT BY MAIL OR SECURE DROPBOX
The Board of Elections mailing will contain instructions for marking the ballot and completing the return envelope. Follow the instructions carefully. Seal the voted ballot in the envelope and be sure to sign the oath. Keep a record of the date the voted ballot is returned.
To be counted, a voted ballot must be accompanied by a signed oath and the return envelope must be postmarked on or before June 2 or deposited in a secure dropbox no later than 8 p.m. on June 2. Dropboxes will be located at in-person voting centers (see below) and at the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, 6740 Baymeadow Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21060, from May 21 through June 2. Voters are encouraged to return ballots before the deadline.
Protect your vote. Seal the envelope. Sign the oath. Observe the deadlines. Put the return envelope directly in the U.S. mail or in a Board of Elections dropbox. Do not allow another person to collect your ballot.
LIMITED IN-PERSON VOTING
Due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, voters are strongly encouraged to use in-person voting only if it is not possible to vote by mail.
Voters who need to use a ballot marking device, those registering to vote for the first time, and those who did not receive a ballot but believe they are registered, will be able to vote on Election Day, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at in-person voting centers. Locations are listed below.
Odenton Regional Library
1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton 21113
Glen Burnie Regional Library
1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie 21060
Severna Park Community Library
45 W. McKinsey Rd, Severna Park 21146
Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center
273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis 21403
How Will These Changes Affect You?
Different groups of voters will be affected differently by these changes. Visit the topics below for information relating to specific groups of voters.
- Have You Moved Recently or Missed an Election? Learn How You Can Ensure You Receive a Ballot
- What College Students Need to Know to Vote
- Voters with Disabilities
- How Advocates Can Help Voters in Jail or Prison