2020 Montgomery County Voter Guide
Vote FOR Questions 1, A, and C. Vote AGAINST Questions B and D. JUFJ has no position on Question 2.
How can I register to vote?
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.
JUFJ’s work in Montgomery County is constantly growing and evolving. Inspired by the sacred values of our Jewish tradition and by the history of our ancestors who sought justice, we mobilize our Jewish communities to advance economic, racial, and social justice in our county.
JUFJ partners with a number of Montgomery County organizations to ensure that local police treat all county residents with dignity and respect. We are currently rallying our community to support a civilian policing advisory commission and the hiring of a new police chief committed to accountability and transparency. This past May, the County Council passed the LETT Act, a law JUFJ supported that requires an external investigation when a police officer kills a civilian.
We also fight to strengthen local policies that protect our immigrant neighbors, and recently celebrated the Promoting Community Trust Executive Order, which prohibits County government and law enforcement from cooperating with ICE. JUFJ also supports the County Council’s initiative to develop a racial equity policy, and advocates each year for a budget that enhances desperately needed funds for vital social services.
In the past few years our Montgomery County team has worked on statewide issues in collaboration with JUFJ’s Baltimore team, focusing on criminal justice reform, renters’ rights, immigration justice, and more. We have hosted a series of film screenings, discussions, and workshops on racial justice and implicit bias with Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, and are offering additional trainings on the intersection of antisemitism and white supremacy.
In 2017, JUFJ was a leader in the Fight for $15 coalition’s campaign to pass a $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County. Thanks to the efforts of our organizers, leaders, and coalition partners, the County Council unanimously passed a strong minimum wage bill, giving over 100,000 Montgomery County workers a well-deserved raise.
December 3 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join other District 20 JUFJers in a Zoom meeting with our state legislators to discuss our agenda for the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
December 6 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Please join the Social Action Committee of Adat Shalom, the Tikkun Olam Commission of the Reconstructionist Movement, and JUFJ to hear Professor Marc Howard, eminent expert and activist in the field of mass incarceration.
December 8 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join JUFJ’s Montgomery County team virtually as the council hears a bill to improve the Montgomery County Police Department’s reporting of data regarding race and ethnicity and police interactions with the public.
December 10 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join other District 14 JUFJers in a Zoom meeting with our state legislators to discuss our agenda for the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly.