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For Immediate Release: 10/16/2012
Board of Elections Stresses Importance of Early Voting and Being Prepared by Filling Out Sample Ballots; October 16 Deadline for Voter Registration

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today joined members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections to urge registered voters to take advantage of early voting sites around the County and to read and fill out sample ballots mailed to homes. Leggett also urged those who still need to register to vote to do so by 9 p.m., today, October 16. That is also the deadline for updating a voter registration.

“Voting is a fundamental right of every American,” said Leggett. “In order to make the process run smoothly and efficiently, we have given voters opportunities to vote early to avoid election day lines; to vote by absentee ballot; and to read and fill out a sample ballot prior to going to their polling place to make the process easier and quicker. I hope all our voters will take advantage of these opportunities to have a pleasant and easy voting experience.”

Montgomery County will open five Early Voting Centers from October 27 through November 1, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Sunday hours noon – 6 p.m.) Voters are able to vote on the same voting equipment used on Election Day, but at a time that is more convenient. Early Voting Centers are located at:

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville 20853

Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown 20874

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville 20866

Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville 20850

Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring 20910

The Board of Elections mailed out Sample Ballots late last week to the homes of all registered voters in the County. Voters may experience lines during early voting and, most likely will experience times at their polling places on Election Day, particularly during peak hours -- immediately before work (7-9 a.m.), during the lunch hour (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), and immediately following work (5-7 p.m.). To facilitate the voting process, the Board of Elections encourages all voters to mark their sample ballot in advance of arriving at their polling place.

For information about the elections, or the voting process, contact the Elections Office at 240-777-VOTE or visit the website at


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Release ID: 12-288
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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