He is some important information for those wishing to vote early in the Maryland Primary Election (April 14th – Aril 21st).
Can I vote in a party primary election?
Generally, you must be registered with either the Democratic or Republican Party to vote in the primary election. If there are non-partisan offices that are elected in a primary election (i.e., school board), any voter can vote for these offices.
May I change political parties?
Yes, except during the 21 days before a primary election. For the 2016 Primary Election, the deadline to change your party affiliation is April 5, 2016.
To change your party affiliation, use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a new voter registration application or a written request to your local board of elections. If you request a change in party affiliation after April 5, 2016, your party change will not be processed until registration reopens after the primary election.
Do I have to affiliate with a political party?
No, you do not. If you do not select a political party on your voter registration application, you will be “unaffiliated” with any political party. This means that you will generally not be able to vote in party primary elections, but you will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary elections held in your jurisdiction, such as a primary election to select nominees for the board of education.
Dates and Times:
|Thursday||April 14, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Friday||April 15, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Saturday||April 16, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Sunday||April 17, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Monday||April 18, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Tuesday||April 19, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Wednesday||April 20, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Thursday||April 21, 2016||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
Howard County Early Voting Locations: (click address for directions)
RIDGELY’S RUN COMMUNITY CENTER – ALL PURPOSE ROOM
8400 MISSION RD
JESSUP MD 20794
MILLER BRANCH LIBRARY – MEETING ROOMS
9421 FREDERICK RD
ELLICOTT CITY MD 21042
THE BAIN CENTER – GREAT ROOMS 1 & 2
5470 RUTH KEETON WAY
COLUMBIA MD 21044
Note – Ridgely’s Run Community Center is an excellent place to vote. I early vote in that location and there are never long lines during early voting.