What you need to know before Primary Day!

Primary Day (June 26) is a little over a month away! Have you made your plan to vote yet? Here's some information about what you need to know to make sure you're ready to cast your ballot.

1. If you're not registered yet, there's still time. The deadline to register to vote or to change your party affiliation is Tuesday, June 5, by 9:00 p.m. More information on how to register to vote or change your party affiliation is here. Remember, Maryland has closed primaries, which means only Democrats can vote for Democrats and only Republicans can vote for Republicans. If you're a registered Independent, you can't vote in the primary.

2. To be eligible to vote, you have to be a US citizen, live in Montgomery County, and be at least 18 on or before November 6, 2018. If you turn 18 on or before that date but are still 17 on June 26, YOU CAN VOTE in the primary (including voting early or by mail; see below).

3. You can register to vote when you get your Maryland driver’s license, but this is not automatic yet. Starting July 2019, after the 2018 election, Maryland will join 10 other states and D.C. in automatically putting residents on the voting rolls when they get a driver's license, use a social services agency, or buy insurance on the health exchange. But not yet – so register now if you’re eligible!

4. Vote early and avoid the lines. Early voting will be held June 14 - June 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. There are 11 locations around the County, and you can vote at any of them. The full list is here.

5. If you plan to vote on Primary Day (June 26) make sure you know your polling location. You can find your polling location here. If you enter your address using that link, you can also see which candidates will be on your ballot. And be on the lookout for your sample ballot in the mail - you can mark that and bring it with you when you vote so you remember who to vote for! Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m on Tuesday, June 26.

6. You can also vote by mail using an “absentee ballot” – without providing any reason for doing so. More information about how to request an absentee ballot and important deadlines can be found here.

If you have any questions, let me know. Send me an email at info@reggieoldak.com, and I'm happy to answer your questions.

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