County News

Select Libraries Begin Year-Round Sunday Service

Beginning August 15, the following Montgomery County public libraries will be open on Sundays year-round — except on certain major holiday weekends — from 1 to 5 p.m.:  Bethesda, Germantown, Marilyn J. Praisner, Rockville Memorial, Silver Spring and Wheaton.

“Residents have expressed a desire for year-round Sunday service,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, “and with library services so much in demand these days, we wanted to find a way to fill their needs in spite of budget cutbacks. I am pleased to say we have achieved that goal.”

Previously, Sunday hours were in effect from late August until June. “The new schedule, based on customer feedback, reflects the library’s responsiveness to the expressed needs of customers,” said Montgomery County Public Libraries Director Parker Hamilton.

Vote Early

For the first time, the state of Maryland is implementing early voting for the gubernatorial primary election. Montgomery County will open five early voting centers from September 3 – 9, excluding Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters are able to vote on the same voting equipment used on Election Day, but at a time that is more convenient.

The county’s early voting centers are located at:

  • Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville 20853
  • Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown 20874
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville 20866
  • Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville 20850
  • Silver Spring Civic Building, 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring 20910

Voters are encouraged to visit our website,, to view additional information on the Early Voting Centers. During Early Voting hours, the website will display a scroll bar which will provide wait times of each of the five Centers, updated hourly.

For more information on Early Voting, please call 240.777.VOTE (8683).

Absentee Ballots Available

The deadline for receipt of an absentee ballot application for the September 14 gubernatorial primary election is Tuesday, September 7. Written requests must reach the elections office by 8 p.m. or, if already registered, may be faxed to 240.777.8560 or e-mailed to no later than 11:59 p.m.

The absentee ballot application may be found online at the Board of Elections website at or Follow all instructions, and return the completed, signed application by mail or fax or e-mail. Ballots will be mailed within three business days.

Requests must include the following information: name, date of birth, Montgomery County address, the address to which you want your ballot sent (if other than your Montgomery County address), daytime telephone number, and signature. The absence of any of this information could result in a delay in processing the application.

For anyone wishing to pick up a ballot in person, the elections office will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, August 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Friday September 3, from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, September 4 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and September 6 through 9, from 8:30 a.m to 8 p.m. Applicants who wish to pick up their ballot must appear in person, and they must pick up their own ballot unless they have an agent.

For more information, call 240.777.8550, or e-mail

Election judges are still needed. For information call 240.777.8533.