Jews United for Justice Montgomery County 2020 Voter Guide
Our state budget is a moral document that reflects what we value, and our elected legislators should be able to shape it. Maryland is the only state that gives the Governor unfettered power over the budget, but Question 1 can fix that, creating the same checks and balances that exist in every other state and at the federal level.
On Question 1, join everyone at JUFJ and neighbors from across the county in voting FOR the Constitutional Amendment.
JUFJ has no position on Question 2.
Questions A and B
Recovering from COVID-19 means maintaining essential County services, as well as taking emergency steps to protect our health and safety. Question A would give elected officials flexibility to meet these urgent needs. Question B, created by Robin Ficker, makes our tax structure even more beneficial to the wealthiest residents and endangers our COVID-19 recovery. If Question B passes, we may not be able to pay for nurses, librarians, and other essential workers, and we could lose our AAA bond rating — we would have less revenue, and we would pay more interest when we had to borrow money.
Join everyone at JUFJ and neighbors from across the county in voting FOR Question A and AGAINST Question B.
Questions C and D
All people should have a powerful voice in our local democracy, and as our County population grows, your voice may be drowned out in the crowd. Question C would amplify your voice on the Council by adding additional District Councilmembers to shrink the population each one represents, and keeping your four at-large Councilmembers. Question D would drastically reduce your representation by eliminating all four of your at-large Councilmembers. You would only get a single vote on a Council of nine members, and no Councilmembers would be accountable to the entire County.
Join everyone at JUFJ and neighbors from across the county in voting FOR Question C and AGAINST Question D.
Want to learn more? Join JUFJ on October 1 at 6:30 PM for a community meeting about the local ballot questions. Signup below!
How can I register to vote?
You can register to vote until the October 13 deadline through this link.
How can I apply for a mail-in-ballot?
- You can request your ballot by filling out the paper application you may have received from the Board of Elections, or by or visiting the Board of Elections website at 777vote.org.
- *The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 20. Please request your mail-in ballots as soon as possible to ensure you receive your ballot in time for the election*
- Please do not request email delivery of your ballot unless you really need it that way, as the procedure to count those ballots is more laborious and adds to the strain on the system.
- Ballots will be delivered in waves, and not all at once, so your ballot arrival time may be before or after your neighbor’s.
What do I do with my mail-in ballot once I fill it out?
- Make sure that you sign your name to the oath and date your signature on the back of the return voted ballot envelope or your ballot will be rejected.
- The postage on your mail-in ballot application is prepaid. You can drop it in the mail, or drop it at an official drop-off box. If using the USPS, make sure to mail your ballot early to insure timely delivery.
- If you want to drop off your ballot, drop-boxes will be installed at Early Voting Centers by October 1st, and at Election Day polling locations by mid-October. You can find a list of all early-voting and election-day polling locations here (PDF).
How can I vote in person?
- In Montgomery County, Early Voting centers will be open between October 26 – November 2.
- On Election Day, voters can vote in person at any Election Day polling location in the county, listed here (PDF). You do not have to vote at the polling location normally assigned to you.
- Early Voting and Election Day voting centers will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. If you vote on Election Day at an Election Day polling location, and you are waiting in line at 8:00 PM (when polls are supposed to close), you will still be allowed to vote.