To be eligible to register to vote you must be:
- A US citizen
- A Maryland resident
- At least 16 years old (you can register at 16, but generally, you're not able to vote unless you'll be 18 by the next General Election)
- Not have been found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability
- Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, you have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment.
In Maryland, cities can choose to lower the voting age at the local level through a city council vote. So far, the following municipalities have lowed their voting age to 16 for all local elections: Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Riverdale Park, and Takoma Park. This means that every resident of these municipalities who will be 16 years of age or older on Election Day is eligible to register and vote in local elections. You must be 18 by Election Day to vote in state or federal elections.
Incarcerated Voters & Returning Citizens:
In Maryland, you only lose your right to vote if you are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction. If you lost your voting rights because of a conviction, you could register to vote immediately after release. Your voting rights are not restricted by pretrial detention, misdemeanors, probation, or parole.
Voters without traditional residence:
It is not mandatory for citizens to possess a "permanent home" for voter registration. A citizen can provide an alternative description of their residence, even if they are experiencing homelessness, as long as it enables the authorities to identify and assign a voting precinct to them. This precinct assignment ensures that the voter receives the appropriate ballot. The mailing address on their registration form can be a PO box, local shelter, advocacy organization, outreach center, or the home of someone who will accept mail for them.