The presidential general election will be held Tuesday, November 3, and there have been many questions pertaining to this election in the midst of restrictions brought on by COVID-19. The following is information pertaining to voter registration, mail-in ballots, early voting, voting locations and voting on election day.
Basic Voting Information
Anne Arundel County is expecting an 85% turnout for the presidential general election. This would equate to approximately 337,500 people in our county who will go to the polls to vote.
In Anne Arundel County, only 25 schools and three other locations will be open for voting this year due to COVID-19.
Voter Registration Information
You may still register to vote in the presidential general election at the polls on November 3, but if you want to register to vote using the Maryland Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) you must do so on or before October 13. For more information on registering to vote, go to www.voterservices.elections.maryland.gov.
If you prefer to register to vote in person, you may complete a voter registration application at the following locations:
Mail-In Ballot (Absentee Ballot) Requests
Absentee ballots are now being referred to as "mail-in ballots" by the State of Maryland
Governor Larry Hogan has requested that the Maryland State Board of Elections send a mail-in ballot (absentee ballot) request form to every eligible voter. State administrator Linda H. Lamone mailed these request forms on August 25 in Anne Arundel County. The applications may take up to 10 days to arrive in your mailbox via USPS. Ballots will be sent out in mid to late September.
You can request a mail-in ballot (absentee ballot) directly by going online to the Maryland State Board of Elections or using this address: voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/onlinemailinrequest/instructionsstep1.
The deadline to request a mail-in ballot (absentee ballot) is October 20, 2020.
Beginning on October 1, there will be drop boxes at all 28 voting locations (see partial list below), as well as the state board of elections office in Glen Burnie. You may return your mail-in ballot (absentee ballot) to one of these boxes until November 3. These boxes will be monitored by surveillance video 24 hours a day.
Mail-in ballots (absentee ballots) may also be returned via USPS.
Early Voting Information
Seven voting sites will be open for early voting starting on October 26 and will end on November 2, the day before the general election day. See the list below for the closest early voting sites, which are marked with an asterisk and italics. You may vote at any of the early voting sites. You may also register to vote at the early voting sites during early voting.
LOCAL VOTING LOCATIONS
Annapolis High School
Bates Middle School
Broadneck High School
*Pip Moyer Recreation Center
Rolling Knolls Elementary School
Magothy River Middle School
Old Mill High School
Millersville Elementary School
Chesapeake High School
*Northeast High School
Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Hall
*Severna Park High School
Election Judges Needed
If you have interest in applying to become an election judge, apply at www.elections.maryland.gov/get_involved/election_judges.html.
This is a tremendous amount of information for an important election. If you find any of it confusing, please call my office at 410-841-3568 and we will return your call. Or you can email me at email@example.com. It is my aim to give you a guide for this election and to help you decide the best way for you to cast your vote in the 2020 general election. This information will also be posted on the Severna Park Voice website with links for you to use to access these pages. You can get to the Voice’s webpage by going to www.severnaparkvoice.com.