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Guide to Early Voting in Montgomery County

Tips for voting quickly at one of five locations in the county.

Update (Monday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.): Early voting has been canceled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, due to Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday afternoon.

Update (Sunday, Oct. 28): Early voting has been cancelled for Monday, Oct. 29, due to Hurricane Sandy, according to a Montgomery County email alert.

Original story (Wednesday, Oct. 24): While absentee voting already is occurring (8,414 absentee ballots have been received by the Montgomery County Board of Elections), starting Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m., Montgomery County residents will be able to cast their votes at one of these five early voting centers around the county:

County residents may vote at any of the centers during the early voting period during the following hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 29, through Thursday, Nov. 1.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

“We at the Montgomery County Board of Elections encourage people to vote early,” said Marjorie Roher, Montgomery County Board of Elections’ public information officer. “They’ll have the ease of using the same touch screen and can decide which location is easiest.”

Roher offers the following tips for getting your early voting done as quickly as possible:

  • Check in on the “Wait Time Dashboard” on the Board of Elections website to help choose the best location.
  • Review the sample ballot first and mark it up in advance so you can do the actual touch-screen voting in under a minute.
  • Try to avoid visiting the early voting centers first thing in the morning or just after work, as those tend to be the busiest times.

The county hopes to have the “Wait Time Dashboard” available as a smartphone app for the next election cycle.

Additional information on the early voting centers including driving directions can be found on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website.

Mary Fairbanks October 24, 2012 at 02:28 PM
About Question B... The first paragraph of the linked article says "... if passed, would affirm the county's decision to revoke the police union's ability to bargain almost every management decision." Do we really need the FOP involved with management decisions? Voting FOR Question B does NOT take away the FOP's right for collective bargaining for things like salary and pension. As I understand it...
Fred Foo October 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The "almost every" in that phrase ("almost every management decision") is suspicious. The other side claims that it is an exaggeration. Is it? My default inclination is to distrust the County government since they are known to hide things. (The recent Brickyard Road mess is a good example.)
Peter Mork October 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM
It's probably not the best way to decide, but I figure if Ike is commanding government agencies to push for Question B as hard as he is, I'm going to vote against.
In the know October 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Question B is a vote over "effects bargaining." Is has nothing to do with daily operations in the police department. It allows the FOP to get a second look at issues that could effect officers well being, safety, and work schedules. Remember, the police department is one of the best in the nation and has had effects bargaining for 30 years. The county has been misinforming the public. Vote Against B.
Bill T. October 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Bastante. The 101 Monroe St. Rockville location has to be a full 10 minutes from Bethesda, if that.

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