Voting in
Maryland

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Maryland, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Maryland Election Website or call (410) 269-2840 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/13/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Maryland

Don’t miss your next election!

The voter registration deadline for Maryland is Oct. 13th. If you would like to request a mail-in ballot your request must be received by Oct. 20th and your ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.

Missed the registration deadline? No problem, you may register to vote in person with valid ID at early voting locations and on Election Day.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Maryland:

When you return your ballot, postage is prepaid. You do not need to add stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

Presidential Primaries

Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may 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.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 22nd to Oct. 29th

If you would like to request a mail-in ballot your request must be received by Oct. 20th and your ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.

You can vote in-person at designated early voting locations from Oct. 22nd to Oct. 29th before the election. No excuse required. Click here for more information on absentee voting.

The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for statewide primary and general elections during the calendar year, no excuse required.

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Voter ID + Access for Maryland

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • The pre-registration age is 16
    • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.