Want to Skip Election Day Lines and Vote Early? Here’s How.

Early voting is a popular alternative to voting on Election Day. Here’s all you need to know about it:

When is early voting?

Early voting is held October 25 to November 1, 2018. Polls are open daily from 10:00AM until 8:00 PM.

Where can I vote early?

There are four early voting sites in Howard County. Click on your preferred site to get driving directions:

Columbia – The Bain Center (Great Rooms 1 &2)
Ellicott City – Miller Branch Library (Meeting Rooms)
Jessup – Ridgely’s Run Community Center (All-Purpose Room)
West Friendship – Howard County Fairgrounds (Old Bingo Hall)

Who can vote early?

Any person who is eligible to register to vote can vote.

Registered voters have always been able to vote during early voting, but now individuals who are eligible but not yet registered can register and vote.

To register and vote during early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. You will be able to register to vote and vote.

How will I vote during early voting?

Voting during early voting is the same as voting on election day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote and vote your ballot.

There will be instructions available at the early voting centers to familiarize you with the ballot. You may ask an election judge to explain how to vote, but you must cast your vote alone, unless you are unable to do so because you have a disability or are unable to read or write the English language.

I’m registered to vote, but I need to make a change. Can I make that change during early voting?

It depends.

If you moved, you can update your address. You will be able to change your address and vote.

If you want to change your party affiliation, you can’t do that at an early voting center. You must wait until after the election to change your party affiliation.

If you changed your name, you must vote under your former name, but you can fill out a form with your new name. Your name will be updated after the election.


(Source: Maryland Board of Elections)

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