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Maryland primary Election Day primer 2016

WASHINGTON — Maryland Democrats and Republicans headed to the polls Tuesday to choose their party’s nominee for president and are selecting candidates to run for an open U.S. Senate seat and two open congressional seats in the D.C. suburbs.

Voters in Baltimore are weighing in on contentious races for mayor and city council seats. And Montgomery and Prince George’s county voters will choose candidates for several school board races.

Here’s what voters need to know before heading to the polls.

Where and when to vote

The polls close at 8 p.m.

Find your polling location here.

Not registered to vote? It’s too late to vote in the primary. But the voter registration deadline for the November general election is Oct. 18. Find more details about registering to vote here.

Paper ballots

New this year, Maryland voters are casting paper ballots, instead of using touch screens. The ballots are filled out with a pen and then scanned to cast the completed ballot. Montgomery County Board of Elections spokeswoman Marjorie Roher compared the new ballots to taking an SAT exam.

“They need to be prepared for paper ballots. Know who you want to vote for in advance,” Roher said.

Voters who have questions can raise their hand and an election judge will assist them, she said.

Learn more about the new paper ballot system here. The state Board of Elections details the law requiring the new system and ballot security measures.

Ballots printed in Spanish will be available in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Do I need to bring an ID?

Some first-time voters may be asked to present identification before they can vote. One of the following forms of ID will be accepted:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (such as a Maryland driver’s license, Maryland Vehicle Administration ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other federal government-issued ID card)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that lists your name and address. These documents must be dated within three months of the election.

Selfies in the voting booth?

The state Board of Elections says, no. “Handheld electronics and recording devices may not be used inside voting centers and polling places.”

What races are on the ballot?

Voters statewide will choose candidates for president and U.S. Senate.

Here’s a look at the candidates.

Senate Republican
Chris Chaffee
Sean P. Connor
Richard J. Douglas
John R. Graziani
Greg Holmes
Joseph David Hooe
Chrys Kefalas
Mark McNicholas
Lynn Richardson
Anthony Seda
Richard Shawver
Kathy Szeliga
Dave Wallace
Garry Thomas Yarrington

Senate Democratic
Freddie Donald Dickson Jr.
Donna F. Edwards
Ralph Jaffe
Theresa C. Scaldaferri
Charles U. Smith
Violet Staley
Blaine Taylor
Ed Tinus
Chris Van Hollen
Lih Young

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President Republican
Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
Carly Fiorina
Mike Huckabee
John R. Kasich
Rand Paul
Marco Rubio
Rick Santorum
Donald J. Trump

President Democratic
Hillary Clinton
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente
Bernie Sanders

(Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has withdrawn from the Democratic primary and will not appear on ballots Tuesday. )

Voters will also choose candidates to run for all U.S. House of Representatives seats. The two most closely watched races are the open seats in the 8th District, representing parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties, and the 4th District, representing parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

Here’s a look at the candidates.

District 4 Republican Party
Robert “Bro” Broadus
Rob Buck
George E. McDermott
David Therrien

District 4 Democratic Party
Anthony G. Brown
Warren Christopher
Matthew Fogg
Glenn F. Ivey
Joseline Pena-Melnyk
Terence Strait

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District 8 Republican Party
Dan Cox
Jeffrey W. Jones
Liz Matory
Aryeh Shudofsky
Shelly Skolnick

District 8 Democratic Party
David M. Anderson
Kumar P. Barve
Dan Bolling
Ana Sol Gutierrez
William Jawando
Kathleen Matthews
Jamie Raskin
Joel Rubin
David Trone

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Voters in some communities also are voting for candidates for local office. Montgomery and Prince George’s county voters will choose candidates for several school board races.

Montgomery County Board of Education:
At-Large
(Vote for 1 — top 2 advance to the general election)
Jeanette Dixon
Mike Ibanez
Sebastian Johnson
Phil Kauffman (incumbent)
Gwendolyn Love Kimbrough

Prince George’s County Board of Education:
District 5
(Vote for 1 — top 2 advance to the general election)
Raaheela Ahmed
Jeana Jacobs
Robert Johnson
Cheryl Landis

District 8
(Vote for 1 — top 2 advance to the general election)
Edward Burroughs
Carlton C. Carter
Stephanie Hinton

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