How To Vote-By-Mail For June 2 Primary Elections

Alessia Grunberger

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Eligible voters in Montgomery County will be receiving ballots this week for the June 2 primary election.

The primary will be conducted by mail in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Voters who are registered Republicans or Democrats can cast their vote in that party's primary elections for President, Delegates to the Nominating Conventions, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Judge of the Circuit Court. Those who aren't affiliated with one of the major political parties can only cast a ballot in the Board of Education contests.

To help the voting process go smoothly, the Montgomery County Board of Elections has developed a how-to guide for casting ballots:

  1. OPEN VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT PACKET AND READ MATERIALS CAFEFULLY - Read the contests on the ballot and the information and forms sent with it carefully. Section 203 of the 1975 Voting Rights Act requires that voting materials and ballots in Montgomery County are printed in English and Spanish.
  2. VOTE YOUR BALLOT - Use a black or blue ball point pen.
  3. ID MAY BE REQUIRED – Most voters do not need to provide ID to vote. Some voters need to verify their driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number on an enclosed Request for Maryland Driver's License or Social Security Number. A small percentage of first-time voters in Montgomery County may be required to submit a copy of proper identification such as a Maryland driver's license, Permit, MVA ID or official document including your name and address. You do not need to provide ID unless the words "ID REQUIRED" appear on your return envelope.
  4. IF YOU NEED HELP, SIGN AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED CERTIFICATION OF PERSON ASSISTING VOTER - If you need help voting your ballot, the person helping you must mark the ballot according to your wishes and cannot make an effort to influence your vote. You may not be assisted by your employer or an agent of your employer or union, the person helping you must complete the Certification of Person Assisting Absentee Voter. This certification must be returned with your voted ballot.
  5. USE REPLY ENVELOPE PROVIDED TO RETURN BALLOT - Place voted ballot into Postage Paid return envelope. Include a copy of your ID only if it is required along with any forms that apply to you, such as a Certification of Person Assisting Absentee Voter.
  6. SIGN, PRINT NAME & DATE VOTER OATH - Sign and date the Oath of Absentee Voter on the back of the return envelope or it will not be counted. To protect the health of election workers, we encourage you to seal the envelope with a wet sponge or cloth. You can also use a piece of tape. "Whether healthy or sick, please don't lick."
  7. RETURN YOUR BALLOT - No postage is necessary. We strongly encourage all voters to fill out their ballot and mail it as soon as possible. Please do not wait to return your ballot. You can find the nearest USPS collection box or Post Office by texting the word BOX to 77788 or by using the website https://tools.usps.com/find-location.htm.

Residents who don't want to use U.S. mail can cast their ballot at a Board of Elections drop box between May 21 and June 2 (deadline 8 p.m.).

The county's election board has a 24/7 drop box at its office in Gaithersburg. Drop boxes at the following additional sites will be installed by May 21:

  • Montgomery County Board of Elections (currently available 24/7), 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Silver Spring Civic Building (to be installed by 5/21/2020), One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center (to be installed by 5/21/2020), 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Wheaton Library & Community Recreation Center (to be installed by 5/21/2020), 11701 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton
  • Activity Center at Bohrer Park (to be installed by 5/21/2020), 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Germantown Community Recreation Center (to be installed by 5/21/2020), 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown
  • Rockville City Hall (currently available 24/7), 111 Maryland Avenue Rockville

Due to the coronavirus, the State Board of Elections has ordered Montgomery County to reduce its number of Election Day polling places from 238 to four. Election officials warn that voting in-person will lead to long lines and "endanger the health and safety of voters, staff, and volunteers."

Voters must wear a face mask or face covering.

Election Day polling locations:

  • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown

For more information, call 240-777-8500, or visit www.777vote.org or the Maryland State Board of Elections' website at http://elections.maryland.gov.

This article originally appeared on the Gaithersburg Patch