The first Mail-In Ballot Canvass will be held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room of the Oakland Community Center. All canvasses are open to the public however, social distancing will be enforced, and face masks are required to enter the canvass room. If future Mail-In Ballot Canvasses are required before Election Day, it will be announced on this website.
Important 2020 Presidential General Election Information
It is encouraged for voters to vote by mail to limit COVID-19 exposure. If voters want to receive a ballot, either by mail or electronically, they must fill an application and return it to the Board of Elections office. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Voters can send their completed ballot either by mail or place them in a drop box 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.
Early Voting begins on Monday October 26th and runs 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, November 3, 2020 Garrett County will have 3 vote centers. 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.
Any voter can appear at any vote center, any day, including election day to cast their vote in person. Voters need to be aware that there may be wait times at these locations. Social distancing will be enforced at all vote centers and face masks are mandatory to enter the voting facility.
The Garrett County Board of Elections is responsible for maintaining voter registration and overseeing the conduct of all State and Federal Elections held in Garrett County.
Election Judges Needed
Earn some extra money! The Election board is in need of election judges throughout Garrett County. If this is something that interests you, just fill out the application and return it to the office by mail, fax or email.