Early Voting In Prince George's County: Locations, Dates, Times

Jacob Baumgart

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD — Early voting starts Monday. Do you know where to go?

Coronavirus has shaken up the usual polling locations, so you might have to vote somewhere else this year. We've got you covered.

Patch breaks down everything Prince George's County residents need to know about voting early in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is Patch's guide to the 2020 presidential election.

What District Am I In?

While every voter will have the same names on their presidential ballot, their specific address determines the other races they see. The full Prince George's County ballot is available here, but there are easier ways to tell which races you can vote in.

Unlike the Senate, each Marylander only has one delegate in the United States House of Representatives. To determine which congressional district you are a part of, enter your ZIP code at this link.

Five Board of Education seats are up for grabs in Prince George's County. Your County Council district determines who represents you on the board. Head to this website to see what district your town is in.

The county also has a searchable map that lists federal, state and local representatives, but it takes longer to load. Punch your address into the map to find your delegates.

Prince George's County is in Circuit 7 of the Maryland Circuit Court. Every Maryland voter is eligible to vote in the at-large race in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Who's Running For Office?

Every candidate up for election in Prince George's County is listed below. Their party, where applicable, is noted next to their name.

Each candidate's name is linked to their campaign website. One judge does not have a campaign page, so Patch linked to his profile in the state's court system. Special instructions and circumstances are listed in parenthesis.

President and Vice President of the United States:

Representative of U.S. Congressional District 4:

Representative of U.S. Congressional District 5:

Board of Education Member for County Council District 1 (Only One Candidate Is Running):

Board of Education Member for County Council District 4:

Board of Education Member for County Council District 5 (Only One Candidate Is Running):

Board of Education Member for County Council District 7:

Board of Education Member for County Council District 8:

Judge in Circuit 7 of the Maryland Circuit Court (You Can Vote for up to Five Candidates):

Judge At-Large of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (Voting for His Continuance in Office):

What's Questions Are On The Ballot?

These proposals are referendums that need voters' approval to become law. If passed, the first two questions would alter the listed Maryland laws. The names of these petitions are linked to supplementary, nonpartisan information.

The remaining propositions, if adopted, would allow Prince George's County to fund several projects by selling bonds. Residents can vote for or against the following motions.

Question 1 (Constitutional Amendment):

  • "The proposed amendment authorizes the General Assembly, in enacting a balancedbudget bill for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscalyear thereafter, to increase, diminish, or additems, provided that the General Assemblymay not exceed the total proposed budget assubmitted by the Governor."

  • (Amending Article II Section 17 and Article III Sections 14 and 52 of the MarylandConstitution)

Question 2 (Commercial Gaming Expansion Referendum):

  • "Do you approve the expansion of commercial gaming in the State ofMaryland to authorize sports and eventsbetting for the primary purpose of raisingrevenue for education?"

  • (Ch. 492 of the 2020 Legislative Session) Expansion of Commercial Gaming - Sportsand Event Wagering

Question A (Bond Issue - Public Works and Transportation Facilities Bonds)

  • "AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount notexceeding $178,150,000 to finance thedesign, construction, reconstruction,extension, acquisition, improvement,enlargement, alteration, renovation,relocation, rehabilitation, or repair of,Public Works and Transportation Facilities(including roads and bridges, parking lotsand maintenance facilities), including theacquisition and development of sitestherefor, the architectural and engineeringservices incident thereto, and theacquisition and installation of necessaryfixed permanent equipment therefor, asdefined therein."

Question B (Bond Issue - Library Facilities Bonds):

  • "AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount notexceeding $28,829,000 to finance thedesign, construction, reconstruction,extension, acquisition, improvement,enlargement, alteration, renovation,relocation, rehabilitation or repair ofLibrary Facilities, including the acquisitionand development of sites therefore, thearchitectural and engineering servicesincident thereto, and the acquisition andinstallation of necessary fixed permanentequipment therefore, as defined therein."

Question C (Bond Issue - Public Safety Facilities Bonds):

  • "AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount notexceeding $44,477,000 to finance thedesign, construction, reconstruction,extension, acquisition, improvement,enlargement, alteration, renovation,relocation, rehabilitation, or repair of,Public Safety Facilities (including FireDepartment Facilities), including theacquisition and development of sitestherefor, the architectural and engineeringservices incident thereto, and theacquisition and installation of necessaryfixed permanent equipment therefor, asdefined therein."

Question D (Bond Issue - County Buildings Bonds):

  • "AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount notexceeding $133,000,000 to finance thedesign, construction, reconstruction,extension, acquisition, improvement,enlargement, alteration, renovation,relocation, rehabilitation or repair ofCounty Buildings, including theacquisition and development of sitestherefor, the architectural and engineeringservices incident thereto, and theacquisition and installation of necessaryfixed permanent equipment therefor, asdefined therein."

Question E (Bond Issue - Community College Facilities Bonds):

  • "AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount notexceeding $121,714,000 to finance thedesign, construction, reconstruction,extension, acquisition, improvement,enlargement, alteration, renovation,relocation, rehabilitation or repair ofCommunity College Facilities, includingthe acquisition and development of sitestherefor, the architectural and engineeringservices incident thereto, and theacquisition and installation of necessaryfixed permanent equipment therefor; asdefined therein."

How Do I Register To Vote?

Residents must register to vote before Oct. 13. If Maryland voters miss the deadline, they can register at one of the polling centers during early voting or on Election Day. To find out if you're already registered to vote, head to the state board of elections website.

How Do I Vote By Mail?

The state started mailing out absentee ballot applications on Aug. 24. Prince George's County voters could also request their mail-in ballot at this link.

Those interested in voting by mail had to apply before Oct. 20. Their ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3. The Maryland State Board of Elections explains the full process in this video.

How Do I Vote By Drop Box?

Voters can place their absentee ballot at one of 42 secured drop boxes. The first 22 bins opened between Sept. 28 and Sept. 30. An additional 20 drop-offs open between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. Residents using this method must drop off their ballot by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Where Can I Vote Early?

Early voting will take place at 11 sites. Each center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Masks will be required.

Where Can I Vote On Election Day?

Residents can vote at one of 41 locations on Nov. 3. They will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Masks will be required.

What Are The Deadlines And Dates?

  • Voter Registration: Register by Oct. 13 or at the polls during early or Election Day voting

  • Absentee Ballot Application: Must be received by mail or submitted online by Oct. 20

  • First Round Of Drop Boxes Open: Sept. 30

  • Second Round of Drop Boxes Open: Oct. 17

  • Early Voting Starts: Oct. 26 (Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day)

  • Early Voting Ends: Nov. 2

  • Absentee Ballot Return: Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3

  • Drop Boxes Close: 8 p.m. on Nov. 3

  • Election Day: Nov. 3 (Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

More information on these dates, applications and locations is available here.

Who Can I Contact With Problems?

The Maryland State Board of Elections is reachable by phone at (410) 269-2840 and (800) 222-8683. The board's email is info.sbe@maryland.gov.

The Prince George's County Board of Elections is available at (301) 341-7300. The election officials can also be reached at election@co.pg.md.us.

If you have problems voting or have additional questions, the national, nonpartisan Election Protection hotline is available at these numbers and in these languages:

  • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

  • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682)

  • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)

  • Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683

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