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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Maryland

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/26/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/20/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/26/2020 and ends on 11/02/2020

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.

How Vote By Mail Works 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 is Oct. 20th.

  • Due to COVID-19, Maryland will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. You may return the state-issued application or request your ballot here.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your local elections office, early voting location, or polling site on or before Nov. 3rd.
  • Or mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd to be counted. To make your 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 on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

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.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Early voting locations
  • Polling place
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

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.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Maryland

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Maryland First Time Voter Info