2015 | Politics

Board of Elections Wants Input on Early Voting Locations

County can select nine locations for primary and general election early voting

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Voters in Bethesda use touchscreen machines during the November 2014 gubernatorial election

Aaron Kraut

The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) wants input on which nine sites should be home to early voting for next year’s primaries and general election.

The BOE has listed 17 potential sites throughout the county and will listen to suggestions at a public hearing on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. in the lobby level auditorium of the Executive Office Building in Rockville. The board will also look for public comments during its regular Aug. 31 meeting at its headquarters in Gaithersburg.

The 2016 primary and general elections will mark Maryland’s return to paper ballots, albeit with a different new technology.

During early voting, voters will use an ExpressVote ballot marking device similar to the touchscreen machines of recent elections. The devices will print a voter’s selections on a paper ballot card, which can be reviewed before the voter inserts the ballot into a tabulation device. The ballots will then automatically drop into a secure ballot box in order to leave a verifiable “paper trail.”

Early voting for the April 26, 2016 presidential primary will run from April 14 to April 21. Early voting for the Nov. 8 2016 presidential general election will run from Oct. 27, 2016 to Nov. 3, 2016.

All registered Montgomery County voters can vote at any early voting center in the county.

Possible locations for early voting include the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center in downtown Bethesda, the Potomac Community Recreation Center on Falls Road, the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring and the Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase.

The BOE will review citizens’ suggestions for early voting locations before submitting its recommendations to the State Board of Elections at the end of September.

Details on how to send written comment to the BOE or sign up for the public hearing can be found on the agency’s website.