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Eligibility Requirements

Maryland

To be eligible to register to vote in Maryland you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Maryland resident
  • At least 16 years old (you can register at 16 but 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.

 

ID Needed for Voter Registration

Maryland

When registering to vote, you will need to provide either your current, valid Maryland driver's license or MVA ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form.

ID Needed for Voting?

Maryland

You will be asked to provide identification at the polling place if:

  • You are voting for the first time in Maryland
  • You registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003
  • You have not previously met the identification requirements

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:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other state or federal government issued ID card.)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

Registration Deadline

Maryland

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

You can now register to vote online! Just fill out this form before 9pm on the registration deadline to complete your application.

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.

Verify Voter Registration

Maryland

To verify your voter registration status, you can utilize your state's resource.

Registration is permanent as long as you continue to live in Maryland and keep your name and address current with your local board of elections. You do not have to reregister when you move within the State, but you must keep your address current.

Absentee Ballot Process

Maryland

Any registered voter can vote absentee.

You can now request your absentee ballot online! Just fill out this form to complete your application.

You can obtain an absentee ballot by filling out the absentee ballot application. The deadline to request an absentee ballot depends on how you want to receive the ballot. If you would like the ballot mailed or faxed to you, the deadline is 7 days before the election. If you would like to download the ballot from the state's website, the deadline is 4 days before the election. If you miss these deadlines but still want to vote by absentee ballot, you must contact you local board of elections.

After you receive your ballot, vote the ballot and return it to your county board of elections on or before 8:00 pm on Election Day. You must either mail or hand deliver your ballot to the local board of elections. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received 10 days after the election in order to be counted. Hand delivered ballots must be received by 8pm on Election Day.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

Maryland

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant 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.

Early Voting

Maryland

Early voting starts the 2nd Thursday before election day and runs through Thursday before the election.

You can now register to vote at the early voting centers! In order to register at the center you must bring a document that proves where you live. Examples of acceptible documents are:

  • Maryland driver's license or ID card
  • Change of address card
  • Paycheck
  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill
  • Other government document with your name and address

For Early Voting locations, please use your state's resource or contact your local board of elections.

Election Dates

Maryland

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for information about local elections.

Poll Worker Information

Maryland

In order to be a poll worker in Maryland:

  • You must be registered to vote in Maryland
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation preferred
  • You must be a resident of the county
  • You must complete required training
  • Students 17 years old who meet all other voting requirements may be appointed

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Maryland

The polling place hours of operation are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Time Off To Vote

Maryland

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.

Polling Place Locator

Maryland

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your local board of elections.

Provisional Voting

Maryland

A provisional ballot allows someone who thinks they are an eligible voter to vote. You might vote a provisional ballot if:

  • You are not listed on the precinct register
  • You moved and did not update your address and tried to vote at your prior address
  • You received an absentee ballot for this election, or that you already voted this election
  • You tried to register during early voting, but could not determine if you're eligible to vote
  • You did not prove where you live when you registered to vote
  • You did not show ID if you're voting for the first time in Maryland and did not provide ID when you registered

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.

Voting Machines

Maryland

Beginning in November, 2016, Maryland voters will use a new voter-verifiable paper record voting system. This new system will replace the touchscreen voting system used in previous years.

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.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Maryland

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Maryland

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.

Campaign Finance Information

Maryland

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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