Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Maryland voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.
Mail-in voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is 14 days before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Voted ballots must be received or postmarked by 8pm on Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Board of Elections website.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person will have to vote a provisional ballot. If you have not already voted, election officials will count that ballot as your vote. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.Request your Ballot
You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. Please be sure to check with your local Board of Elections or the State Board of Elections to ensure you know your correct voting locations.
Note: If you are eligible but not yet registered to vote, you can register and vote during early voting. Go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live.
To be eligible to register to vote you must be:
When registering to vote, you will need to provide either your current, valid state driver's license or MVA ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form.
You will be asked to provide identification at the polling place if you fit specific criteria.
The criteria are:
If you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2006, you most likely satisfied the identification requirement during the registration process. If you did not satisfy the requirement, your county election board will have notified you and requested information to satisfy the identification requirement. You can satisfy the identification requirement by providing one of the following:
Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Official election results will be uploaded on the Maryland Board of Elections website as they become available.Official Results
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
In order to be an Election Judge, you must be:
You cannot be an election judge if you are a:
Why should you be an election judge?
If you'd like to apply to becoming an election judge, click here.
The polling place hours of operation are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
A provisional ballot allows someone who thinks they are an eligible voter to vote. You may vote a provisional ballot if you meet specific conditions.
You might vote a provisional ballot if:
For instances where you voted a provisional ballot because you did not provide ID you must show ID or an ID number to your local board of elections before 10am on the 2nd Wednesday after election day. You can track the status of your provisional ballot here.
Maryland's voting system accommodates voters with disabilities by offering an audio ballot. Using headphones, the voter listens to the ballot and records the vote using a keypad. Both the headphones and keypad are provided. To assure the privacy of the voter, the voting unit's screen is blank while the audio ballot feature is being used.
A magnified ballot is provided for voters who have low vision.
An adjustable screen is available to accommodate voters who prefer or need to sit while voting.
To use one of the accessibility options, ask an election judge for a particular option. A voter will not be required to provide an explanation or fill out additional paperwork. Election judges will be available to answer questions and, if needed, provide assistance. If you need assistance voting, you may select someone to assist you in the voting process. Maryland law prohibits a voter's employer or agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voter's union from serving as a voter's assistant. An election judge may assist you, but only in the presence of another election judge of a different political party.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
The registration deadline for the November 2, 2021 election is October 12, 2021. Election day registration is also available.
You can now register to vote or update your registration online! You may also submit a voter registration application to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections at any time. Your application must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline (21 days before Election Day) in order to vote in the next scheduled election.
The voter registration application must be received by a Maryland election office no later than 9 p.m., 21 days before an election. If your application is complete and you are found to be qualified, a Voter Notification Card will be mailed to you. You are not registered until you receive your Voter Notification Card.
Election day registration is also available. Go to an early voting center in the county in where you live during early voting, or go to your assigned election day polling place and bring a document that proves where you live.
Employers must grant employees up to two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open 2 hours before or after regular working shift, or if employee has sufficient time to vote on his/her own. Employees must provide proof that they cast their vote to receive compensation for time off.
To verify your voter registration status
Maryland voters use a voter-verifiable paper record voting system.
Voter-verifiable Paper Voting System: Voters will mark a paper ballot and then feed the ballot into a ballot scanner. The scanner will read the voter's selection and the ballot will drop into a locked ballot box.
The scanner uses technology that can identify the voters selections. When you mark your ballot by hand, the scanner will look for marks inside the ovals. If you make any other types of marks (check marks, etc.) the scanner will let you know that you need to correct your ballot. You can ask the scanner to return your ballot and make your corrections on a new ballot.
You will not get a receipt showing how you voted, however, you will continue to get your "I Voted" sticker to show you voted.
For more information on the new voting system, check out your state's resource.