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The past few weeks have been a wake up call that we absolutely must heed. The health and well-being of Marylanders is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. But we don’t have to choose between a vibrant, robust democracy and the protection of public health—we can do both at the same time.
At Common Cause Maryland, we’re working to ensure our democracy continues to function. That work includes continuing our fight to ensure every Maryland voter has access to the ballot, watchdogging our open meetings process so the public is able to oversee and participate in government decision making while remote, and encouraging every single person to be counted in the 2020 Census.
VOTING & ELECTIONS
On March 17th, Governor Hogan made a proclamation to postpone the April 28th primary to June 2nd, and implement a vote by mail system for the 7th Congressional District Seat election on April 28th. Also, the State Board of Elections was directed to develop a comprehensive plan for the June 2nd Primary Election by April 3rd 2020. On April 10th, in a new proclamation Governor Hogan ratified the Board of Elections plan for the June 2nd Primary.
COVID-19 has led to many changes. These changes have been made to ensure Maryland voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote while also safeguarding the public’s health during this pandemic. We will continue to update this page as election details are finalized.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, all eligible active Maryland voters will receive a mail-in ballot. All mailed ballots included a return envelope and prepaid postage. To have your ballot mailed to a different address or to have it sent electronically, click here
Voters will receive a Democratic or Republic ballot by mail if they are affiliated with one of those parties. Voters who are not affiliated with these parties will receive a nonpartisan ballot by mail if there are nonpartisan races on your ballot (example: municipal offices). Learn more
Election Date: Tuesday, June 2nd
Vote Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 27th (for eligible voters who miss the registration deadline, same-day registration will be available at an in-person voter center near you)
- When you receive your ballot, fill in the oval to the left of your candidate choice.
- Sign and date the oath on the envelope using a black pen.
- Return your voted ballot by mail or deliver it to a secure drop box location.
- No stamp is required (postage is prepaid).
- Make sure your ballot is postmarked on or before June 2nd (by 8pm) or delivered to a drop box location by 8 pm on Tuesday, June 2nd
- In-person Voting Centers will be open on Election Day, June 2nd, from 7am-8pm. Every county will have at least one location available. Click here for list of Voter Centers.
- Secure drop box locations will also be available from May 21-June 2nd at 8pm.
- Ballots for this election have not been mailed yet
- Reminder: If you have a felony conviction, but are not currently incarcerated – you have the right to vote in this election. Still unsure? Click here to learn if you’re eligible.
Have problems or questions about voting? Call the nonpartisan hotline:
Asian & Pacific languages: 888-API-VOTE
American Sign Language video: 301-818-VOTE
or text OUR VOTE to 97779
You can also contact us directly at 443-906-0442
Looking for nonpartisan information about the candidates? Visit vote411.org
ETHICS & ACCOUNTABILITY
Maryland’s confidence in our government is more important during a time of crisis than ever. Public officials must do everything in their power to maximize the ability of the public to continue observing and participating in government proceedings, following these recommendations provided by Common Cause where possible:
- Postpone non-priority government action until the state of emergency has ended.
- Provide widespread public notice of scheduled government proceedings.
- Provide public access to observe government proceedings via live and recorded video available on government websites.
- Provide public ability to participate in government proceedings via videoconference where possible and, at a minimum, via telephone and submission of written testimony.
- Require all members of a public body participating in a meeting or proceeding to be clearly audible and visible at all times, including to the public.
- At the start of the meeting, require the chair to announce the names of any members of the public body participating remotely.
- In the event audio or video coverage of a proceeding or meeting is interrupted, require the presiding official to suspend discussion until audio/video is restored.
- Require all votes to be roll call votes.
- At the beginning of any closed session, require all members of the public body to state that no other person is present or can hear them.
- Record and archive all open sessions of meetings and make recordings available for later access on website.
- For additional guidance on Open Meetings Act, see Office of the Attorney General’s FAQs.
Election Protection 2020: Maryland voters should feel safe and supported as they cast their votes. This election year, we’re expanding our program, mobilizing volunteers to answer questions and assist voters. Sign up to learn more about the program and opportunities to volunteer.
Transparency and Public Access: We need your help watchdogging public officials – ensuring they are completely transparent in their actions and doing everything in their power to maximize the ability of the public to continue observing and participating in government proceedings. Let us know where there is an Open Meetings issue.
Become an Election Judge: Election judges play an important role in the election process and will help to ensure our Primary and General elections are conducted in a fair, secure, and accessible way. Apply to serve in this critical role.