Welcome to Bethesda Beat’s 2022 general election voters guide. You’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about voting and the election.
The guide includes bios and questionnaire answers from candidates for county, state and federal offices.
The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8. Early voting will run from Oct. 27 through Nov. 3.
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Find answers to common questions
Which offices are up for election?
- At the county level: Montgomery County executive, County Council, sheriff, state’s attorney, register of wills, clerk of the circuit court, circuit court judges, school board
- At the state level: governor/lieutenant governor, state senators, state delegates, attorney general, comptroller
- At the federal level: U.S. senator, U.S. representatives
- The Montgomery County Republican and Democratic parties will choose members of their central committees.
How do I register to vote?
People may register in person during the eight-day early voting period at any early voting center in their county or at their assigned polling place on the day of the election. They must have a document that proves where they live, such as an MVA-issued license, an ID card, a change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with their name and new address. They can vote immediately after registering.
What is the deadline to register to vote?
The deadline is Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. (in person) or 11:59 p.m. (online) for anyone registering with the Board of Elections who wishes to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. After the Oct. 18 deadline, the Board of Elections will continue to receive registrations, but, by law, can’t process them again until 11 days after the primary election.
However, same-day registration is allowed, too. That’s in effect during the eight days of early voting and on the day of the general election. People can register at an early voting center or their polling place, then vote.
For more voter registration details, go to https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Elections/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/voter-registration-faqs.html
What are the districts in Montgomery County?
- County Council: The county has been divided into five geographic districts for the Montgomery County Council, but in 2020, voters passed a referendum that expanded that number to seven, starting with the 2022 election. There also are four at-large seats on the County Council. Here is the map with seven districts.
- Congress: Maryland is divided into eight districts for its representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Montgomery County has had parts of three districts (Districts 3, 6 and 8). A new map created by the Maryland General Assembly moved part of District 4 into Montgomery County, too, but a judge struck down that map. The newest version of the map now has Districts 4, 6 and 8 in Montgomery County. This is the latest version of the map, after an agreement following a court challenge.
- General Assembly: Maryland is divided into 47 districts for state senators and delegates. Eight of those districts are entirely in Montgomery County (Districts 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 39). Under a map the Maryland General Assembly approved in December, a district that was entirely in Howard County (District 9) now would include part of Montgomery County, too. This is the new legislative map, which also was challenged in court.
What about the Montgomery County Board of Education?
The school board is divided geographically into five districts and also has two at-large seats.
Each candidate must live in the district he or she represents, but all district and at-large seats are chosen by all voters across the county, not just those living in the district. For example, someone who represents District 1 must live in District 1. But voters across the county get to choose the District 1 representative. This is the school board district map.
Where do I go to vote in person on Election Day?
Each voting site is for voters in that area. To figure out your polling place or check if you are registered to vote, go to voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch or check a sample ballot that the Board of Elections mails to you.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
When is early voting?
Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election is scheduled to run from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Where do I go to vote during that early period?
There are 14 sites across the county that will be used in 2022. They are posted online. Any registered voter in the county can vote at any of the 14 sites, not just the site closest to where they live.
Can I vote by mail?
Yes. Any voter can request a mail-in ballot (which includes what used to be known as “absentee ballots”). The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Nov. 1.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be mailed or deposited to any election drop box by 8 p.m. Nov. 8, the day of the general election. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 8.
Where can I drop off a ballot?
Check the Montgomery County Board of Elections website for a list of drop-off ballot sites.
How can I look up who represents me now?
The Maryland General Assembly has a web page where residents can enter their address and ZIP code to find out who represents them at the state and federal level.
Here is a list of state senators and delegates who represent Montgomery County.
What ballot questions will voters see?
Voters in Montgomery County will be able to vote on several amendments: five to the Maryland Constitution and one to the Montgomery County Charter. Voters in Damascus have an additional referendum.
Here is information from the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County’s voter guide, which describes in detail each proposed amendment.
Races and candidates information
Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.
Click here to look up your voter registration information, which includes your school board district.