Rockville, Maryland, Nov. 4 — The City of Rockville is conducting the first Vote by Mail election in Maryland history. The election, for mayor and four councilmembers, will conclude at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Encouraging more people to vote in city elections is a priority for the Mayor and Council.
Unofficial results will become available as soon as all ballots have been counted after the election deadline, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the following places:
- Broadcast on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable systems).
- Via social media on the City of Rockville’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (www.facebook.com/cityofrockville and www.twitter.com/rockville411 respectively).
- Via text alert (text ROCKVOTES to 888777 to sign up).
Key Dates Following the Election
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Official results will be certified and announced.
1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17: An inauguration ceremony for the new Mayor and Council will be held at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive. The inauguration is open to the public.
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18: The first meeting of the new Mayor and Council.
In April 2018, the Rockville’s Mayor and Council voted unanimously to follow the Board of Supervisors of Elections’ recommendation to implement Vote by Mail for the fall 2019 election.
Ballots were sent in October to every registered voter living within Rockville city limits, using the address on their registration. Voters could fill out their ballots and return them by mail (no postage required), or drop off ballots at the vote center or to the drop box at City Hall.
Voters are not required to travel to polling places to vote, although a vote center will be available at City Hall, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Same-day voter registration will be available on Nov. 5 at the City Hall vote center for eligible residents who are not yet registered. Those residents can register and cast their vote, using a provisional ballot, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/election or call 240-314-8286.
Rockville’s voter turnout has declined regardless of the number of candidates or ballot questions, from 16.94% of registered voters in 2011 to 16.51% in 2013 and 15.87% in 2015, when the city held its first election to four-year terms. (Previously, Rockville’s elections were held every two years.)
At least 22 states allow elections to be conducted by mail. Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, and some counties in California, hold elections entirely by mail.
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Director of Communication