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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Maryland.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Maryland.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received for a by mail ballot is November 1st, online ballot is November 4th and in person mail ballot is November 8th.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot. After you have completed your ballot, sign the oath on the return envelope. Double check to make sure you sign your envelope! If you forget, your ballot will be tossed and will not count.
If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, drop box, early voting locations, or polling place.
Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.
If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.
Maryland does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You must correct your ballot by 5 p.m. 10 days after Election Day.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
A copy of a current and valid photo ID or copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that list the voter’s name and address
Enter your address below to see what you can expect on Election Day.
Your state automatically registers people to vote at their address of record when they interact with certain state agencies. If you have moved, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.
Early voting locations can be found here. You can also register to vote during early voting.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Maryland, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can vote in the Maryland primaries if you are 17 by the next election.