State-Specific Election Information

Since some members of Maryland UU congregations live in neighboring states and others may be supporting election efforts in these states, we are providing election information specific to them below. Updates will be provided when we have them.

Maryland

 

New Info from the Maryland State Board of Elections for the 2020 General Election

  •  To register to vote or to check your registration status, click here (deadline October 13, 2020)

    • Register to Vote

    • Update or Verify Voter Registration Information

  • Request a Mail-in Ballot (must be received by October 20, 2020)

  • Vote by Mail (Mail-in Ballot)

    • Complete your Ballot

    • Sign It, Seal It, Send It

    • Return your Ballot

      • US Post Office

      • Drop box locations (we will post the link to the list when it is available)

  • Vote during Early Voting  

    • Dates and Times - October 26 through November 2 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

    • Early voting locations

  • Vote on Election Day (November 3, 2020)

  • Accessible Voting -  All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.

Details

To register to vote in Maryland you must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen 

  • be a Maryland resident 

  • be at least 18 years old by the next general election 

  • not be under guardianship for mental disability 

  • not have been convicted of buying or selling votes 

  • not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment (you may still vote if on parole or probation for the conviction) 

Registration deadlines:

  • To vote in the General Election:

    • October 13 by mail or online;

  • Same day registration during early voting or on election day is also available, but it must be done at a polling place

  • Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in Maryland

Early voting  - October 26 through November 2 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Voting by Mail 

No Excuse Required - Anyone may request an absentee/mail-in ballot without providing a reason. the State Board of Elections has sent out applications for a mail-in ballot to all registered voters. If you did not get one or prefer to apply online, you can do so. Just make sure that you request a ballot be mailed to you. If you request one be sent to you electronically so you can print it at home, it cannot be scanned, and will require manual marking of a paper ballot to match your chjoices before it can be recorded. Even though the MSBE has decided to start counting mail-in ballots on October 1, we want to avoid anything that could delay the results.

Your request for a mail-in ballot must be received by October 20, 2020.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated drop box by 8 pm on November 3, 2020.

 

Delivery - the law permits an absentee ballot to be returned by a designated agent ( “An agent of the voter . . . must be at least 18 years old; may not be a candidate on that ballot; shall be designated in a writing signed by the voter under penalty of perjury; and shall execute an affidavit under penalty of perjury that the ballot was: delivered to the voter who submitted the application; marked and placed in an envelope by the voter, or with assistance as allowed by regulation, in the agent's presence; and returned to the local board by the agent.”) 

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center​​

Pennsylvania 

To register in Pennsylvania you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States at least one month before the next election 

  • be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district at least 30 days before Election Day 

  • be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election 

  • not be incarcerated after conviction for a felony (your voting rights are restored immediately after incarceration) 

 

Registration deadlines:

  • To vote in the Primary Election: May 18, 2020 

  • To vote in the General Election: October 19, 2020 

  • No same day registration 

  • Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in Pennsylvania

 

No early voting 

 

Absentee Voting – Excuse Required - permits an absentee ballot to be returned by a designated agent (could include a family member, person of the voter’s choosing, attorney, attendant care provider or anyone who has been designated by the voter. “The voter may designate an authorized representative in writing or if one is unavailable, a deputy sheriff may be used to deliver and return an absentee ballot.”) 

Mail in voting: 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a new option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to a polling place on election day. If you plan to vote using an absentee or mail-in ballot in the 2020 General Primary held on 06/02/2020, your completed application must be received in the county office by 5:00 PM on 05/26/2020. The deadline to return your voted absentee or mail-in ballot is 8:00 PM on 06/02/2020. 

Primary – Closed (you can only vote for candidates for the party with which you are registered – June 2, 2020

 

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center 

Virginia

To register in Virginia you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States; 

  • be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct in which you want to vote; 

  • be 18 years old by the next general election; 

  • not have been convicted of a felony, or have had your civil rights restored; and 

  • not currently be declared incapacitated by a court. 

Registration deadlines: 

  • To vote in the Primary Election: May 18, 2020; 

  • To vote in the General Election: October 13, 2020 

  • No same day registration 

  • Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in Virginia

Early voting - passed, but not yet implemented 

Absentee Voting – Excuse Required – (“A voter who becomes incapacitated just before Election Day may vote by emergency ballot and designate a representative to deliver the ballot and return the marked ballot.”) 

  • May Town Elections: Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m

  • Primary: Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

  • General Election: Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

 

Town Elections: May 19, 2020

Primary - Open (voters can vote in either party's primary) - June 23, 2020

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center

West Virginia 

To register in West Virginia you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States 

  • live in West Virginia in the county in which you are registering 

  • be 18 years old, or to vote in the primary be 17 years old and turning 18 before the general election 

  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason, or election bribery 

  • not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of competent jurisdiction 

Registration deadlines: 

  • To vote in the Primary Election: May 19, 2020 

  • To vote in the General Election: October 13, 2020 

  • No same day registration 

  • Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in West Virginia

Early voting - May 27 – June 6, 2020 - Early Voting at the county courthouse, annex or designated community location. Normal business hours and Saturdays 9AM to 5PM.

Absentee Voting – Excuse Required - (“No person may hand deliver more than two absentee ballots in any election and any person hand delivering an absentee ballot is required to certify that he or she has not examined or altered the ballot. Any person who makes a false certification violates the provisions of article nine of this chapter and is subject to those provisions.”). A complete list of the eligibility requirements and information relating to the different forms and qualifications for absentee voting in West Virginia may be viewed at the following link: Eligibility For Absentee Voting in West Virginia.

  • Deadline to request absentee ballot: June 3, 2020.

  • Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all voters in West Virginia are eligible to vote absentee in the 2020 Primary Election. Click here for more information.

  • Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office: June 8, 2020.

 

Primary – Open to Unaffiliated Voters – June 9, 2020 

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center​

To register in West Virginia you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States 

  • live in West Virginia in the county in which you are registering 

  • be 18 years old, or to vote in the primary be 17 years old and turning 18 before the general election 

  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason, or election bribery 

  • not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of competent jurisdiction 

Registration deadlines: 

  • To vote in the Primary Election: May 19, 2020 

  • To vote in the General Election: October 13, 2020 

  • No same day registration 

  • Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in West Virginia

Early voting - May 27 – June 6, 2020 - Early Voting at the county courthouse, annex or designated community location. Normal business hours and Saturdays 9AM to 5PM.

Absentee Voting – Excuse Required - (“No person may hand deliver more than two absentee ballots in any election and any person hand delivering an absentee ballot is required to certify that he or she has not examined or altered the ballot. Any person who makes a false certification violates the provisions of article nine of this chapter and is subject to those provisions.”). A complete list of the eligibility requirements and information relating to the different forms and qualifications for absentee voting in West Virginia may be viewed at the following link: Eligibility For Absentee Voting in West Virginia.

  • Deadline to request absentee ballot: June 3, 2020.

  • Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all voters in West Virginia are eligible to vote absentee in the 2020 Primary Election. Click here for more information.

  • Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office: June 8, 2020.

 

Primary – Open to Unaffiliated Voters – June 9, 2020 

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center​

 

Delaware

To register in Delaware you must: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States, and

  • Be a resident of the state, and

  • Be 18 years old on or before the date of the next General Election

Registration deadlines: 

  • To vote in the Primary Election: May 9, 2020 

  • To vote in the General Election: October 10, 2020 

  • No same day registration

Early voting - Voters who qualify to vote absentee also qualify to vote in person at their county’s Department of Elections office until noon the day before Election Day.  Beginning on January 1, 2022, anyone will be able to vote early up to 10 days before Election Day.

 

Vote by Mail – Excuse Required -

  • Voters may now vote by mail under Excuse #3 (“I am sick, or temporarily or permanently physically disabled”) if the voter is “asymptomatic of COVID-19 infection and otherwise abiding by CDC and DPH guidelines by exercising self-quarantine or social distancing to avoid potential exposure to (and community spread of) COVID-19, and who herself or himself freely chooses to use such qualification to vote by absentee ballot.” Mail-in ballot request forms and additional information are available at: https://elections.delaware.gov/services/voter/absentee/index.shtml

  • All registered Democrats and Republicans were mailed an absentee ballot application before the primary.

  • Mail-in ballot request forms must be received no later than May 29

  • Completed mail-in ballots must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day

Primary – Closed (you can only vote for candidates for the party with which you are registered – June 2, 2020 

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center​

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