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It is encouraged for voters to vote by mail to limit COVID-19 exposure. All voters will be mailed a mail-in ballot application at the end of August. If voters want to receive a ballot, either by mail or electronically, they must fill out the application and return it to the Board of Elections office. Once the ballots are approved and ready for disbursement (late September), voters can send their completed ballot either by mail or place them in drop boxes that will be open starting in October. Drop boxes will be located at the Oakland Community Center and the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. These boxes will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Voters can also drop off their ballots at the Board of Elections office during normal business hours and at Northern High School on November 3, 2020.
In person voting will begin on Monday October 26th and run until Monday, November 2nd. Garrett County will have 2 early vote centers as in past elections: Oakland Community Center (14 N 8th St, Oakland) and the Northern Outreach Center (12601 National Pike, Grantsville). These vote centers will be open every day (including Saturday and Sunday), from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On Election Day, both early vote centers will be open along with Northern High School located at 86 Pride Pkwy in Accident. Hours will remain the same, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Since all local polling locations will be closed, voters can appear at any vote center, any day, including election day.