Registration Deadline: Your application must be received by your local board of elections 21 days prior to the election. After your application has been reviewed and you are deemed qualified to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail. If you do not receive your card withing three weeks after submitting an application, you should contact your local board of elections.
Party Affiliation: Although it is up to the parties to decide who may vote in their primaries, generally only registered voters affiliated with a party may vote in that party's primary election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a Maryland resident
Mental Competency: Not have been found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability
-Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, you have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.
-Cannot be convicted of buying or selling votes
ID Requirements: You must provide one of the following:
-Maryland Driver's license number;
-MVA ID Card number; or
-Last four digits of your social security number;
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Online source for Maryland voter registration application
In person: You may complete a voter registration application in person at:
- Your local board of elections;
- The State Board of Elections;
- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
- The Department of Social Services;
- The Motor Vehicle Administration;
- Offices on Aging;
- The MTA Paratransit Certification Office;
- All public institutions of higher education;
- Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces;
- Marriage License offices; and
- Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.
By mail/ in writing: Download a voter registration application (Spanish) or contact your local board of elections and mail the completed form to your local board of elections.
By fax: Maryland does not accept completed voter registration forms when faxed.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: If your application is complete, you are considered a registered voter. If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card three weeks after you submit an application you should contact your local board of elections. You can also verify your registration online.
Phone: Contact your respective County Board of Elections
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter can vote absentee.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Download the most recent form from the Maryland Absentee Voter site.
In person: Go to your local board of elections office and fill out and turn in the form.
By mail: You may download an application (spanish) and mail it to your local board of election's office.
Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters can complete a FPCA(Federal Post Card Application) and mail it to your local Board of Elections. More information on absentee ballots and proper procedure for voting overseas available.
Other absentee ballot information: If you mail your ballot, the envelope must be postmarked on or before election day and received by your local board of elections by 10am the day of the election.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: If you hand deliver your ballot, you must deliver it to your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on election day.
Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter who is qualified for that election can vote during early voting.
Other information for early voting: Find more information for early voting on Maryland's Early Voting page.
Verifying Registration: Maryland voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: locator lookup
ID Requirements: Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting. If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:
- 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); or
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.
How to Vote: Overview of Maryland's voting system Review the sample ballot you received in the mail or print it from the voter look-up website.
Getting your vote counted: Maryland frequently asked election day questions
Problems with voting: Maryland Administrative Complaint Procedure or fill out a HAVA complaint form.
Verifying provisional ballot status: Maryland provisional voting
Verifying absentee ballot status: Verify status of absentee ballot