A Repost from our friends at Common Cause Maryland
Our democracy works best when as many people as possible participate and have their voices heard. That’s why I want to make sure you know that early voting in Maryland starts TODAY for voters participating in the Democratic or Republican Primaries and lasts until 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st.
In many Maryland districts, these primaries may be the only real competition in election season, so it’s of the utmost importance that you take the opportunity to participate if you’re interested in doing so.
Here are some tips for folks interested in participating in the primaries this year:
- If you’re unregistered or need to update your registration, you can still register to vote at the polls! Just visit an early voting center in your county and bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or another government document with your name or new address.
- If you’re registered, but unaffiliated with a political party, you, unfortunately, will not be able to cast a ballot in the primary elections. Additionally, if you are affiliated with a political party, but wish to switch to participate in the opposing party’s primary, you will not be allowed to do so. Maryland is a closed primary state.
Additionally, Marylanders interested in participating in the Democratic Primary should be aware of a few changes in the election that are not reflected on your ballots.
- Statewide: Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz, unfortunately, passed away in May. His running mate, Valerie Ervin, temporarily entered the race, but has since withdrawn. Despite these events, Mr. Kamenetz’ name remains on the ballot and votes cast for him will still be counted as votes for Ms. Ervin.
- Anne Arundel County: Del. Ted Sophocleus also, unfortunately, passed away recently and ballots have not been updated to reflect his passing. Votes for him will be tallied for him, and if the late Mr. Sophocleus wins, the Anne Arundel Democratic Central Committee will choose his replacement in the November General Election.
Remember, the early voting period ends June 21st at 8 pm! After that, you will be unable to register or update your registration until after election day. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard in Maryland!
Thank you for all you do,
Damon Effingham, Acting Director
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