Democracy favors those who participate.”

– Lily Qi

The 2020 Presidential Election

Maryland’s 2020 Presidential Election is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Early voting is from Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2, immediately before the Election Day. For your peace of mind during the pandemic, I highly recommend you request a mail-in ballot right away to avoid any possible delays or lines at the polls. You can use this link to request your ballot. Here is a 2-minute step by step video showing you how to navigate the State’s Board of Elections website, which is not very intuitive.

Don’t miss the all-important primary elections

As a new American who never missed a vote in any election since I became a U.S. citizen, I am a big believer of not leaving your vote on the table. In Maryland, only people who have registered with political parties can vote for candidates for political offices in the primary elections—called “closed primaries.” See my article from 2014, Make Your Vote Count: Register for a Political Party. If you are an independent voter, I strongly encourage you to register for a political party. Otherwise, you can only vote for the non-partisan school board members in the Primary Elections. In Montgomery County, the Democratic Primary Elections largely decide the final outcomes of the General Elections. So, don’t wait until November! You can use this link to change your political party affiliation.

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For more questions, go to Montgomery County’s  Board of Elections’ website