The presidential election is upon us. If you live in Maryland, you may be wondering when polling hours are open, as well as other key election day information.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2016 general election:
DATE: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
POLLING HOURS: On election day, polling places are open continuously from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., according to the Maryland Board of Elections. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Maryland voters will be able to choose from among these candidates for president:
Donald Trump/Mike Pence (Republican)
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (Democratic)
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld (Libertarian)
Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka (Green)
In addition, Maryland voters will select a U.S. Senator and multiple members of the U.S. House. See a listing of candidates here.
DOES MARYLAND USE PAPER BALLOTS? Yes. The state Elections Board says, “During early voting or on election day, you will hand mark a paper ballot. Use the pen provided to fill in the oval next to your choices. Review your ballot choices, place your voted ballot into the privacy sleeve and take it to the scanner.”
WHERE DO I VOTE?: The state has a website where you can look up your polling place. You should vote where you live. Be aware that it is too late to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote was October 18, 2016 in Maryland.
ELECTORAL VOTES AT STAKE: Maryland has 10 electoral votes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: Anyone who is registered to vote can cast a ballot in Maryland. You can find detailed information about how to register to vote here. Montgomery County is required to provide ballots in Spanish as well as English. Polling places are accessible to the disabled. You don’t need a photo ID to vote in Maryland if you’ve voted previously. If you’re a new voter or submitted your registration by mail, you may need to provide identification that shows your name and address to vote (driver’s license, state ID card, a current utility bill, a bank statement, or other acceptable document.)
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