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 A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election

This page has been created as a quick guide for citizens of Washington County to aid their search for information about the 2020 General Election. 


General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.


 

REGISTER TO VOTE

Maryland Registered Voter Lookup Tool

Washington County Voter Registration Information

Restoration of Voting Rights in Maryland after a felony conviction


 

MAIL-IN VOTING

recent change in the law Senate Bill 145, requires the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as “mail–in ballots” and absentee voting as “mail–in voting.” This change in terminology does not change the process of mail-in voting. 

Washington County voters can vote by mail to avoid lines during early voting or on election day. Find out more and request your ballot.

To return your mail-in ballot:

  • Mail your ballot. If you mail your voted ballot, make sure that the envelope is postmarked on or before November 3, 2020. Your voted ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 AM on November 13, 2020.
  • Hand deliver your ballot. You must deliver it to your local board of elections by 8 PM on November 3, 2020, or you may take it to an early voting center or a polling place by the time the polls close.
  • Drop your ballot at a secure ballot drop off box by 8 PM on November 3, 2020. Washington County's ballot drop off boxes will be located at the Washington County Board of Elections (35 W. Washington Street Suite 101 Hagerstown, MD 21740), the Washington County Early Voting Center 1 (7718 Virginia Avenue Hagerstown, MD 21740), the Agricultural Education Center (7313 Sharpsburg Pike Boonsboro, MD 21713), or the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library, (12624 Broadfording Road Clear Spring, MD 21722).

Your request for a mail-in ballot must be received (not just mailed) by Tuesday, October 20, 2020If you don’t receive your requested mail-in ballot or don’t have time to return it by Election Day, you can vote in person using a provisional ballot.

 

EARLY VOTING

Early voting starts on Monday October 26, 2020 and goes through Monday, November 2, 2020. Anyone in line at 8 PM will be allowed to vote.

The Washington County early voting center location is the Washington County Early Voting Center 1 (7718 Virginia Avenue Hagerstown, MD 21740). 

 

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

The General 2020 Election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020On Election Day, vote centers are open continuously from 7 AM until 8 PM. Anyone in line at 8 PM will be allowed to vote.

Washington County will have 11 Vote Centers open on Election Day. Find your voting center for Election Day using the Maryland Board of Elections Polling Place Lookup tool here. On Election Day, you can vote at any election day vote center in the jurisdiction you live. 


GOVERNMENT SITES

Maryland State Board of Elections

Washington County Board of Elections

Federal Voter Assistace Program

Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Disclosures


LOCAL ELECTIONS

Local Election Candidate Forum Schedule 


 

FACT CHECKING

Annenberg Political Fact Check – Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

Center for Public Integrity – A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

Newsguard – Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.


 

GENERAL RESOURCES

BallotReady – A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience.  BallotReady lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards. 

Project Vote Smart – A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.


 

This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at WCFL. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement. Icons designed by Freepik from Flaticon. Be a Voter graphic designed by Andrew Traynor at Cook Memorial Public Library District. Descriptions of resources in Fact Checking and General Resources sections by Cook Memorial Public Library District.  

Last updated September 10, 2020