LARGO, MARYLAND – For the 2016 Presidential Primary Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in Prince George’s County can vote before election day at a designated early voting center in Prince George’s County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Prince George’s County.
Early voting centers will be open for voting from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from Thursday, April 14th through and including Thursday, April 21st. The early voting centers in Prince George’s County are located at:
Baden Community Center
13601 Baden-Westwood Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
Bowie Gymnasium (New Site)
4100 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, MD 20707
Suitland Community Park School Center
5600 Regency Lane
Forestville, MD 20747
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Upper Marlboro Community Center
5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
Prince George’s County voters may vote at the designated early voting centers Early Voting Center wait times will be available on our website, http://elections.mypgc.us.
Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. On election day, polling places will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Where Do I Vote?
During early voting, Prince George’s County voters should vote at a designated early voting center in Prince George’s County. There are eight early voting centers in Prince George’s County for the 2016 elections. Centers are located at accessible facilities with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county.
On election day, Prince George’s County voters should vote at the polling place to which they are assigned. Voters can find their assigned precinct by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Prince George’s County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find Your Polling Place link at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.
How Do I Vote?
All voters in Maryland use the same voting system. If you vote early or on Election Day, you will cast your ballot much differently than you have in the past. You will vote on a paper ballot. The Maryland General Assembly passed a law in 2007 requiring the State Board of Elections to switch to a paper ballot voting system. Funding for a new voting system was delayed until now. Touch-screen ballot marking devices are available at each early voting site and there is at least one available at each polling place for voters with disabilities.
For absentee and provisional voting, voters are also issued a paper ballot. All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.
Can I register to vote or change my address during Early Voting?
If you missed the voter registration deadline and have a valid driver's license or MVA- issued ID card, you may be qualified to register and vote during early voting. For the very first time, Maryland offers Same Day Registration during Early Voting. Same Day Registration is not offered on election day. If you moved and haven't changed your address, you can update it during early voting. Please be sure to bring your driver's license, MVA-issued ID card or another document that shows where you live to an early voting center, and an election judge or staff member will help be available to assist you. Although you can register and change your address during Early Voting, you may not change your name or your political party affiliation during early voting.
How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?
Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax. Visit www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot. The deadline to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, April 22, 2016. Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template. If a Prince George’s County voter misses the above deadlines, but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Prince George’s County Board of Elections before 8:00pm on election day.
Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Prince George’s County Board of Elections by 8:00 pm on election day or postmarked on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, May 6, 2016. All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.
What is a Provisional Ballot?
A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.
All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election. A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Prince George’s County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is not an alternative to the electronic voting system.
Contact the Prince George’s County Board of Elections at 301-341-7300 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).