For Immediate Release:  October 17, 2016


Early voting starts October 27. Not sure where to vote or what choices will be on the ballot? Check your mail. If you are registered to vote, the Montgomery County Board of Elections is mailing you a personalized sample ballot, along with all of the information you will need to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election, depending on which political party you are registered with and where you live.  Don’t mistake it for junk mail - the sample ballot is an 8 ½ x 11 booklet and has information on Early Voting locations on the front cover and your Election Day polling place on the back cover.

Review your sample ballot carefully for the following information:

  • The locations of the Montgomery County Early Voting Centers where you may choose to cast your ballot between October 27 and November 3;
  • The location of your assigned polling place on Election Day – November 8;
  • Instructions on how to use the new paper based, digital image scan voting system;
  • Directions on how to review your choices prior to casting a ballot;
  • Pictures of the actual ballot;

Take the time to carefully read this information so you are familiar with it before you get to your polling place. To facilitate the voting process, the Board of Elections encourages you to mark your sample ballot in advance and take it with you – it saves you time.

The County’s Early Voting Centers will be open from Thursday, October 27 through Thursday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During Early Voting, the Board of Elections encourages voters to visit our website – – to view the wait time scroll bar and for voting locations and information.

On Election Day, November 8, many people will vote during the peak hours, you may want to avoid voting during these hours:   7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  To avoid the longest lines you may want to vote outside of these hours.

For more information, call 240-777-VOTE, visit , our mobile friendly website at, the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website at, or follow the Montgomery County Board of Elections on Facebook or Twitter.

Your Time, Your Voice, Your Vote!

Media Contact:  Marjorie Roher, 240-777-8625