Election Day 2017 was cold and rainy, and weather aside, it will be very different this year. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re taking an important step to help ensure that everyone who is registered to vote here in Takoma Park can do so safely in our November 3 elections for Mayor and City Council.
City elections will be conducted entirely by mail.
Voter information is available at the City of Takoma Park's web site, or from the Takoma Park City Clerk's Office.
This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re taking an important step to help ensure that everyone who is registered to vote here in Takoma Park can do so safely in our November 3 elections for Mayor and City Council.
1. City elections will be conducted entirely by mail. In October all Takoma Park registered voters will receive local election ballots in the mail, Any that are postmarked by Election Day will count as long as the City receives them no later than 5 days after the election.
2. To register to vote go to, https://takomaparkmd.gov/register-to-vote/. In Takoma Park 16 - 17-year olds and residents who aren’t US citizens may vote in City elections.
3. There will also be ballot drop-off sites (details announced later), and the Community Center will be open on Election Day for in-person voting for anyone unable to vote by mail. You don’t have to apply for a City mail-in ballot -- all registered voters will receive them in the mail.
4. NOTE: The Maryland ballot that includes the Presidential and Congressional elections is a separate ballot. While the Governor has announced plans for a smaller number of large voting centers for in-person voting in the Presidential and Congressional votes, you can request a State mail-in ballot (there will be ballot drop-off sites) if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds and the lines:
So this year let’s show everyone -- including skeptical national leaders -- that mail-in ballots are safe, reliable alternatives. And don’t forget that you’ll have to cast two separate ballots this year: one for the local Takoma Park elections and another for President, Congress, etc.