State Voting Information - Maryland


Voter Registration Deadline (by mail): 10/18/2016
Primary/Caucus Dates: 04/26/2016
Election Day: 11/08/2016
Primary Status: Closed




Date: 4/26/2016
Registration Deadline: 4/5/2016

Procedure: Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may only vote in its primary. Annually parties may choose to open their primaries to all registered voters up to 6 months before Election Day. See Maryland Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.


Date: 4/26/2016
Registration Deadline: 4/5/2015

What’s on the state primary ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot. As Maryland has its state primary and presidential primary on the same date in 2016, note that you may request a nonpartisan ballot that includes nonpartisan state races only if you do not wish to participate in the partisan election.

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Voter ID Requirements


Voter ID Requirements – Maryland

Do 1st time voters need ID?: Yes, if registered by mail, and copy of ID was not sent with registration and if ID numbers were not verified by the state.
Do all voters need ID?: No
Student ID accepted?: Yes. You may also be required to prove your current address.

What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID
    • MD driver’s license
    • MVA-issued ID card
    • Student ID card
    • Employee or military ID card
    • US passport
    • Any other State or federal government-issued ID card
  • 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).

If a voter needs an acceptable form of ID on election day but does not have one, he or she may cast a provisional ballot. However, the ballot will not be counted unless the voter provides one of the acceptable forms of ID above to their local elections board by the second Wednesday after the election. For more information on the casting a provisional ballot, click here.

Early Voting And Absentee Voting


Early Voting and Absentee Voting – Maryland

Voters can vote early in-person starting the second Saturday before the election until the Thursday before the election. Early voting centers are open from 10 am until 8 pm every day of early voting except on Sundays; on Sundays, they are open from 12pm to 6pm, no excuse required. A list of locations and times can be found here.

Voters are not required to provide an excuse to apply for and submit an absentee ballot. For information on applying for and submitting an absentee ballot by mail, please click here.

Absentee ballot applications must be received by 8:00pm on the Tuesday before the election if requested in person or by mail. If requesting an absentee ballot by fax or email, the application must be received by 11:59pm on the Tuesday before the election. Completed absentee ballots must be received by 8:00pm on election day if delivering in person. Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by election day and received by 10:00am on the 2nd Friday after the election if mailed in.

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Maryland provides a comprehensive voter information hub where you can find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, verify your voter registration status, or answer almost any voting-related question. Choose by state or information category.

This resource represents HeadCount's best effort to provide the public with accurate voting information. If you have questions or require more information please visit your state election website, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

HeadCount provides voter registration assistance on a strictly nonpartisan basis to any U.S. citizen age 18 or over without regard to political affiliation, race, religion, or age. HeadCount does not endorse, support or coordinate with any political party or candidates for elected office, or take positions on any ballot initiatives.