Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You don't need a reason to vote by absentee ballot. It's another way to vote if you don't want to or can't go to an early voting center or your polling place. For instructions, CLICK HERE.
Usual Local Voting Location
Bethesda Elementary School
7600 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
2020 Election Information
The 2020 Presidential Election will be different from previous Presidential Elections. Here is some information to help you cast your ballot. The Official Sample Ballot and Information Guide from Montgomery County Board of Elections is on the Board of Elections website HERE. It contains extensive official information about how to vote this year, as well as the usual information about the candidates and issues of the election. Another valuable source of information for voters about the candidates and issues is the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County’s Voters’ Guide, which is now available HERE. You can also visit the Montgomery County Board of Elections website HERE. The Maryland State Board of Elections website is HERE.
The easiest and safest way to vote this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is to use a mail-in ballot. See the August 2020 ECA Newsletter for more information about mail-in ballots. A few additional reminders:
There are two different places on the Board of Elections website where you can submit an online request for a mail-in ballot. Many recent articles and messages have included a link to a web page that is used to both register to vote and request a mail-in ballot. That can be confusing (and unnecessarily time-consuming) for most people. If you are already registered to vote and don’t need to update your registration, go HERE to simply request a mail-in ballot. If you need to register to vote or to update your registration and you also want to request a mail-in ballot, go HERE.
The Board of Elections plans to send out requested mail-in ballots to voters in late September and they strongly encourage voters who are mailing in the ballots to get them in the mail as soon as possible, and no later than October 28, to ensure the U.S. Postal Service can deliver them in time.
If you use a mail-in ballot, make sure that you sign your name to the oath and date your signature on the back of the return envelope. If you do not, your ballot will be rejected.
You do not have to submit your mail-in ballot in the mail. You can also put it in a Drop Box at one of the following locations:
The Board of Elections office at 18753 N. Frederick Ave, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. That box is available now; or
Any one of the early voting centers (see Early Voting, below) beginning about October 1; or
Any of the Election Day voting centers beginning in mid-October (see In Person Voting on Election Day, below).
The Board of Elections plans on having additional Drop Boxes available soon.
If you request a mail-in ballot, do not go to the polls and try to vote. You can drop off your completed mail-in ballot at a polling place, but you cannot cast a regular ballot. If you try to vote, they will make you vote a provisional ballot—a process that is complicated and takes more time.
There are eleven (11) early voting sites this year. Each one is also an Election Day voting center. Early voting will run from October 26 to November 2, 7 am-8 pm. Here are the early voting sites:
Activity Center at Bohrer Park (Gaithersburg) Damascus Recreation Center (Damascus) Executive Office Building (Rockville) Germantown Recreation Center (Germantown) Jane E. Lawton Recreation (Chevy Chase) Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation (Burtonsville) Mid-County Recreation Center (Silver Spring) Potomac Recreation (Potomac) Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department (Olney) Silver Spring Civic Building (Silver Spring)
Wheaton Recreation (Silver Spring)
The early voting site closest to our community is the Jane E Lawton Recreation Center (4301 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815).
In Person Voting on Election Day
In past elections, there have been 240 polling places where residents voted on Election Day, and each voter went to a specific polling place near their home (ours was Bethesda Elementary School). In this November’s general election, there will be 39 voting centers across the County, and residents will be able to vote at any one of those centers. There will be no voting at Bethesda Elementary this year. Twenty five (25) of the voting centers will be at public high schools (every public high school in Montgomery County except Thomas Edison High School of Technology). The rest will be in county recreation centers and other public facilities. These are the locations of the voting centers:
All public high schools except Thomas Edison High School of Technology
Activity Center at Bohrer Park (Gaithersburg)
Damascus Recreation Center (Damascus)
Executive Office Building (Rockville)
Germantown Recreation Center (Germantown)
Jane E. Lawton Recreation (Chevy Chase)
Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation (Burtonsville)
Mid-County Recreation Center (Silver Spring)
Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center (Rockville)
Potomac Recreation (Potomac)
Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department (Olney)
Silver Spring Civic Building (Silver Spring)
Wheaton Recreation (Silver Spring)
White Oak Recreation (Silver Spring)
Montgomery County Conference Center (Bethesda)
Note that the location of the Montgomery County Conference Center is listed as Bethesda, but it is in Rockville—now frequently called “North Bethesda.” It is not nearby. The Election Day voting centers closest to our community are the Jane E. Lawton Recreation Center (4301 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815), Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 E W Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814), and Walt Whitman High School (7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817).
Bethesda Metro Area Village
Bethesda Metro Area Village is part of a national aging-in-place movement dedicated to providing services and community support that allow people to remain in their homes as they age. BMAV can help you stay in your home -- safely, independently and in the community you love. We offer volunteer-provided services, social activities and programs to make "aging in place" a more feasible option for many. For more information, CLICK HERE.