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Everything you need to know about the 2020 General Election

Posted: 11:27 AM, Sep 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-09-18 18:44:55-04
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As we inch closer and closer to the 2020 General Election, several deadlines in terms of early voting and mail-in voting are approaching.

To ensure that you have all of the information needed for the election, we've created a list of resources and notes to help make sure you are prepared.

First things first, make sure that you are registered to vote. The deadline to register is October 13!

By clicking here, you can register as well as update or verify your voter registration information.

To learn more about who can register to vote, click here.

The next deadline is to request a mail-in ballot, you can do this online, by mail or by fax.

To vote by mail, you must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections or your local board, it's simple and easy to do. All you have to do is fill out the application and make sure that it is received by your local board of elections on or before October 20.

The Board of Elections advises that if you request a ballot by mail, to leave five business days for USPS to deliver your application to your local board of elections.

To find out information on your local board of elections, click here.

For more information on requesting a mail-in ballot as well as where to find the application, click here.

Another alternative to voting on election day is to vote early! This alleviates the crowds and allows you to choose a safer time to vote.

Early voting will be held from Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 2, 2020. Early voting centers will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

Those locations can be found here or in the pdf below:

Any person that is registered to vote can vote during early voting. You can also register to vote and vote early now as well.

In all, 283 ballot drop boxes will be available at 282 locations around the state.

Two ballot drop boxes will be available at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The 283 boxes include 277 secured by the Maryland State Board of Elections and six boxes that counties already had in their possession.

Individual ballot box locations were proposed by the local boards of election across the state.

For a list of those drop box locations, view the pdf below:

Ballot drop boxes will remain open until Election Day, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.

Due to the pandemic, the Board of Elections will be mailing every voter an application for a mail-in ballot and encourage you to vote by mail. If you prefer to vote in person, early voting centers will be open and election day vote centers will be open on election day.

You should receive a mailing in October that will tell you where and when you can vote in person.

On election day, approximately 350 vote centers will be open statewide, including the early voting centers. We've linked a list of those vote centers here, as well as embedded the pdf below.

If you have any questions regarding the election that we didn't answer above in terms of deadlines or other election info, you can contact your local board of elections by email, phone, mail and fax here.

Additional resources:

2020 Presidential General Election Candidates

Information about ballot questions that will appear on this years ballot: Amendments, Local ballot questions, state ballot questions.

A notice regarding a correction to Ballot Question G in Baltimore City is available here (PDF).