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ID Needed for Voting?


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.

Absentee Ballot Process


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


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


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.

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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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