Maryland Primary Day: What You Need to Know

Getting ready to head to the polls for Maryland's primary day Tuesday? Here's what you need to know:

Voters registered with the Democratic or Republican parties can cast ballots at their polling places between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those not registered with a political party will only be able to vote in nonpartisan primaries, such as for school board.

The Democratic primary for Maryland governor is expected to be especially heated and may draw larger voting crowds than is usual for a primary election.

However, there are concerns that Tiger Woods' Quicken Loans National golf tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. could snarl traffic in the area, affecting some voters trying to reach the polls.

The following polling places are a within a mile of the tournament:

  • River Falls Swim Club, 7915 Horseshoe Lane, Potomac
  • Our Lady of Mercy School, 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac
  • Carderock Springs Elementary School, 7401 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda
  • Seven Locks Elementary School, 9500 Seven Locks Road, Bethesda
  • Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda
  • Bannockburn Elementary School, 6520 Dalroy Lane, Bethesda
  • Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, 6311 Wilson Lane, Bethesda
  • Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John

What's on the primary ballot?

Statewide: Voters will chose their party's nominee for the following offices:

  • Governor
  • Attorney general
  • Comptroller
  • Representative in U.S. Congress

See primary candidates for each office on the State Board of Elections' site.

County-wide elections:

In Montgomery and Prince George's counties: Voters will select candidates for county executive, council council, state's attorney, sheriff, the Maryland General Assembly, and more.

See all primary candidates here for all of Maryland's county offices.

Where can I cast a ballot? 

You will need to vote at an assigned voting center, based on the address on your registration record. Find your polling place here.

What else do I need to know?

You can bring one or two children under 18 years old with you into the booth, but under Maryland law, they must not "disrupt or interfere with normal voting procedures."

You can bring, but cannot use, your cell phone or any other computer equipment to the voting centers.

Check if your voting center is accessible for people with disabilities on the State Board of Elections' site here.

Some first-time voters may need to show ID; information on whom that applies to and which forms of ID will be accepted is available here.

When is the general election?

The 2014 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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