VOTING IN MARYLAND
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Registration Form (Spanish)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked twenty-one (21) days before Election Day
In-Person: Twenty-one (21) days before Election Day

EXCEPTION: Voters may register in person after the deadline during the Early Voting period or at their polling place on Election Day.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your Board of Elections

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Maryland Driver's License or non-driver State ID.

NOTE: Military and Overseas Voters may provide the last four digits of their social security number instead.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By 9:00pm wenty-one (21) days before Election Day

EXCEPTION: Voters may register in person after the deadline during the Early Voting period or at their polling place on Election Day.

Election Day Registration

Voters may register to vote in person at their polling place on Election Day.

Voters may also register after the deadline during the Early Voting center in the county where they live. Voters must provide proof of address with: a MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

NOTE: Election Day Registration went into effect on January 1, 2019 after Maryland voters voted YES on Question 2 in November 2018 which ratified House Bill 532. As of July 15, 2019 this information is NOT reflected on the website, but the State Board of Elections confirmed that it has been implemented.

Automatic Registration

Eligible voters who are eighteen (18) or older who do not choose to be Opted Out will be automatically registered to vote when conducting business with:

  • the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
  • the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
  • the Mobility Certification Office
  • local departments of social services

NOTE: AVR went into effect on July 1, 2019 per the Secure and Accessible Registration Act. As of July 15, 2019 this information is NOT reflected on the website, but the State Board of Elections confirmed that it has been implemented.

Can you pre-register?

YES. Voters who are sixteen (16) and older may pre-register to vote and will automatically be added to the voter rolls at eighteen (18).

Have you moved?

If a registered voter has moved within the state of Maryland but has not updated their voter registration information.

NEW address, SAME polling place
Voters can vote a Provisional Ballot at your polling place.

NEW address, SAME county & district, NEW polling place
Voters can vote a Provisional Ballot at your polling place.

NEW county
Voters can vote a Provisional Ballot at your polling place.

NOTE: You may also update your registration info during the early voting period.

Click HERE to find your Polling Place.

Safe At Home

Voters who are members of the Safe at Home program may choose to keep their address confidential and use their Safe at Home address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

All registered voters may vote early In-Person at an Early Voting Center. For hours, locations, or more info:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your Board of Elections

NOTE: Voters MAY register to vote after the registration deadline at Early Voting locations.

In-Person Early Voting
BEGINS: Twelve (12) days before Election Day
ENDS: Five (5) days before Election Day

Vote-by-Mail

Maryland is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all registered voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.

Absentee Voting

Maryland is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which means all registered voters can request an absentee ballot.

Absentee Ballot Application (English)
Request Absentee Ballot Online

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Seven (7) days before Election Day to have your ballot mailed or faxed
Four (4) days before Election Day to download your ballot

EXCEPTION: Voters or their authorized agent can apply in person at their local board office until 8:00pm on Election Day.

Track your Absentee Ballot

For more info on absentee voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your Board of Elections

ID required to vote?

Some first-time voters may be asked to show proof of identity from an approved list of documents. Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may still vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the requested photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• the voter has not been determined to be eligible

Track your Provisional Ballot

For more info on Provisional Ballots:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your Board of Elections

Polling Hours

7:00am to 8:00pm (local time)

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 8:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Political parties in Maryland may choose to hold open or closed primaries. Changes in status must be submitted six (6) months before the Primary Eleciton. Currently, primaries are closed, so voters must affiliate with a political party in order to vote that party's ballot in the Primary Election.

CHANGE OF PARTY DEADLINE
Twenty-one (21) days before the Primary Election

Youth Vote in Primary?

YES. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before Election Day may vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Maryland, or students who already live in Maryland but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony Conviction

Voters convicted of a felony will automatically have their right vote restored after: >

  • completing their term of incarceration

EXCEPTION: Voters convicted of buying or selling votes will permananently lose their right to vote unless pardoned.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.