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Ways to Cast Your Ballot


The City Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To protect residents and election workers, the election will be conducted mainly by mail.

Election by Mail

The City Election will be conducted by mail.

  • All registered voters will be mailed a ballot in the second week of October
  • Registered voters will be mailed a ballot to be marked and returned to a secure ballot box or by US mail.
Mark Your Ballot
Sample Ballot

The City of Takoma Park uses ranked-choice voting. When there are multiple candidates, voters may rank candidates in order of choice (1, 2, 3). Follow the instructions on your ballot.

Prepare to Return Your Ballot
  • When your ballot is complete, fold it and seal it in the ballot envelope.
  • There is an oath printed on the ballot envelope. Sign the oath.
  • After you sign the oath and seal the ballot envelope, insert the ballot envelope into the return envelope.
  • Seal the return envelope.
Return Your Ballot

Return the ballot by mail or by placing it in a secure drop box in Takoma Park.

  • To be counted, ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on election day.
  • If a ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked on or before election day.
Absentee Ballots

If you will be out of town in October and need your ballot to be sent elsewhere, complete an absentee ballot request form, print it, sign it, and return it by mail or email as soon as possible.





Ballot Drop Boxes

Beginning October 9, completed and sealed ballots may be delivered to a secure ballot drop box at

  • 7500 Maple Avenue (in the lower level lobby) or at the
  • Takoma Park Recreation Center (7315 New Hampshire Avenue).
  • There will also be a separate presidential election ballot drop box at 7500 Maple Avenue.
In-Person Voting
  • There will be in-person voting for the City election only at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, on election day.
  • Hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with access from the back parking lot for drive-through and walk-through voting.
  • This option will be available for residents who did not receive a ballot, who are not yet registered to vote, or for voters who need special assistance.