City of Rockville residents will have the option to vote by mail in the 2019 local election.
Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the City Council unanimously approved Monday night a new policy to send ballots to voters before Election Day. Voters can then mail back completed ballots.
The city noted in a press release that 22 states such as California, Colorado and Washington allow voting by mail.
City officials hope the new policy will encourage more residents to participate in city elections. About 16 percent of the city’s 40,000 registered voters voted in the 2011, 2013 and 2015 city elections. The next election in November 2019 will be the first time the city tests the new mailing system. In that election, voters will select all five council members and the mayor for four-year terms.
Although voters can mail in their ballots, they’ll still have the option to vote in person at Rockville City Hall on Election Day, according to city officials.