Virginia Onley Issues Statement on Vote By Mail and Election Integrity

ROCKVILLE, MD (August 15, 2019) – A statement from Virginia Onley, Rockville City Councilmember and candidate for Mayor:

As a city leader, I believe it’s important to state the facts, not stir up fear regarding our upcoming election. Rockville is the first jurisdiction in Maryland to vote by mail but voting by mail has been road-tested in 22 other states with great success and increased participation. Every registered voter in Rockville will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

For many years, our absentee ballot system (a form of vote by mail) has extended participation to those away from home during the election and servicemen and women abroad. Vote by mail will give all voters more convenience to study candidates and complete their ballot. While no process is fail-proof, we have a strong election system and I have full faith in the measures that our City staff is taking to prepare for the election. 

All eyes will be on Rockville this November, and I hope all voters will take advantage of this historic opportunity to elect the next Mayor and Council. I encourage residents to reach out to City staff if they have additional questions.  

The November 5 Election offers voters more convenient options for returning their completed ballot: mail it (before November 5), drop it in the ballot box at City Hall, or vote at City Hall on Election Day. Ballots must be to City Hall by 8pm on Tuesday, November 5. 

To learn more about Rockville’s vote by mail process go to 

Virginia Onley is serving her second term as a Rockville Councilmember. For 26 years she has been an active member of the city, serving on nine boards and commissions. Onley is part of Team Rockville, a community-focused campaign committee with Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, James Hedrick, David Myles, and Mark Pierzchala for Council.  

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