It’s almost time to vote–What do I do?

November 3rd is closing in on us quickly. If you’re anxious about how to make sure your vote counts in the shadow of the coronavirus, you’re not alone! The news is confusing, often contradictory, and nearly always unsettling.

Man voting by mail because of the covid-19 pandemic.

The best place to start is here. The Montgomery County Board of Elections has been hard at work compiling all the information you need. From how to request a ballot so you can vote by mail, to information about early voting and the locations of this year’s polling places (both for early voting and on Election Day itself), they have you covered.

Wondering where to drop off your mail-in ballot if you’d prefer not to mail it in? That and many other questions are covered on the MCBOE’s General Election FAQ page. Maryland’s State Board of Elections has compiled a lot of helpful information on their site as well. There’s a Voter Lookup tool, where you can verify that you’re registered to vote, track the status of your ballot once you’ve cast it, and a variety of other options. If you have concerns about accessibility for yourself or anyone else, you can check here.

Vote 411 contains personalized voting information from the League of Women Voters. Visit the site to check your voter registration, find Montgomery County Vote Centers, and see what’s on your ballot.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, League of Women Voters, a dedicated group of women and men,  is the source for well-researched and unbiased information for all voters. Read the 2020 Presidential Election Voters’ Guide in English and in Spanish to help you decide how to vote. Both include information on the three ways to vote this election, answers from candidates to questions of interest to voters, and information about the six Ballot Questions to help you understand them.

And finally, if you have any other election-related questions, or just want to place a hold on a book, whether about the election or not, please call your local library branch or the Ask A Librarian phone line at 240-777-0001. Although we can’t invite you into our buildings just yet, we’re more than happy to hear your voices, and help you find what you need!

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