WASHINGTON — Maryland voters heading to the polls face potential ballot overload, as they weigh in on the governor’s race, U.S. House and Senate seat contests and crowded local races in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
At the top of the ticket, several Democrats are aiming to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan, the popular Republican governor in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.
In addition, veteran Sen. Ben Cardin faces an upstart, and eight Democrats and four Republicans are vying for an open House seat in a western Maryland district that’s currently the subject of a contentious Supreme Court battle over gerrymandering.
Further down the ballot, voters are weighing in on House of Delegate and state Senate seats.
And at the local level, voters in Montgomery County will sift through nearly three dozen candidates for four at-large seats on the County Council in addition to a closely watched six-person contest for succeeding long-serving County Executive Ike Leggett. In Prince George’s County, voters will make their selections in the hard-fought race for county executive and County Council seats.
Here’s a recap of the races on the Maryland primary ballot, plus resources for voters.
WTOP will have live coverage of the results Tuesday night.
Polls: The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Early voting: Early voting ended Thursday.
Registration: It’s too late to register to vote and take part in Tuesday’s general election. The last date to register or to change your party affiliation was June 5. Want to make sure you’re registered? You can check here.
Moved recently? If you moved more than three weeks ago, go to the polling place for your new address. At your new polling place, you will be asked to vote using a provisional ballot, but as long as you complete and sign the provisional ballot application, your vote will count, the Board of Elections said. If you moved less than three weeks ago, you can still vote at your old polling place or vote provisionally at your new polling place.
Not sure of your precinct? You can find it by using the Voter Lookup tool on the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
Absentee voting: Any Maryland voter can vote using an absentee ballot. However, the deadline to request an absentee ballot varies depending on whether you want to receive your ballot via the mail or online.
If you wanted to receive a ballot in the mail, the deadline was June 19. If you want to download a blank ballot online, the deadline is June 22. You also have two ways to return your completed ballot. If you mail your completed ballot back in, the envelope must be postmarked by June 26.
Veteran Sen. Ben Cardin faces seven Democratic challengers, including Chelsea Manning. Eleven Republicans are running for their party’s nomination in the Senate contest.
In Maryland’s 6th District, which extends from the D.C. suburbs to the western border of the state with Pennsylvania, eight Democrats and four Republicans are vying for an open House seat. The district is the subject of a contentious legal battle over gerrymandering.
In the 1st District, half a dozen Democrats are vying to take on Maryland’s lone congressional Republican, Andy Harris, in the fall.
Things get even more crowded further down-ballot. There are races in all 47 state Senate and House of Delegates districts — although several incumbents are running unopposed.
Still, there’s a fair amount of turnover this year. More than two dozen Maryland delegates have announced they’re stepping down this year, leaving competition for open seats. That equates to about 20 percent turnover in Maryland’s lower house.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, who has been in office for 12 years, cannot run again because of term limits, and voters in the heavily Democratic county will weigh in Tuesday on his successor. There are six Democrats vying for the post.
In addition, voters will choose candidates for four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council — from an extremely crowded field of 38 candidates. Of those, 33 are Democrats; four are Republicans; and one is an independent. Voters receive ballots based on their party affiliation.
All five County Council seats based on district are also on the ballot. Incumbents are running in each of those districts except in the 1st District, along the county’s western edge, where current council member Roger Berliner is term-limited. (Berliner is running for county executive.)