Maryland

State of Maryland Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 15                  Deadline for voter registration (same-day registration is available)
  • October 24                  First day of early voting
  • October 29                  Deadline to request a mail-in ballot via mail or fax
  • October 31                   Last day of early voting
  • November 1                Deadline to request a mail-in ballot via the internet
  • November 5                Deadline to request a mail-in ballot in person
  • November 5                Deadline for the local boards to receive a ballot placed in ballot drop box or election judges to receive a ballot at a voting location
  • November 5                Election day

 

To register to vote in Maryland, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a Maryland resident
  • Be 16 years old to register, but 18 years old by the next general election to vote
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
  • Not be determined mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not be currently serving a sentence of imprisonment for a felony conviction

*Effective March 10, 2016, if you have been convicted of a felony, you are eligible to register to vote once you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment. For the purposes of eligibility to register to vote, convictions include federal, state and out-of-state convictions.

 

How to register to vote:

You can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a voter registration application to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections to register to vote. You can also register to vote during early voting or on election day at your polling place.

To prove where you live, bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

 

Voter ID Requirements

Usually, you will not be asked to show ID if your name is on the list of registered voters. However, you will be asked to show ID if: ​

  • You registered by mail and have not previously met the identification requirements. 
  • Someone in the polling place challenges your identity. 
  • You are registering to vote during early voting or on election day or changing your address during early voting. 

If you do not have your ID with you, you may vote a provisional ballot for the presidential primary election and bring your ID to your local election board before 10 a.m. on May 22, 2024, so that your identity and eligibility can be verified in time to count your vote. 

The acceptable forms of identification are:

  • A Maryland Driver’s License or other Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) issued identification 
  • A student ID card that contains a photo 
  • An employee ID card that contains a photo 
  • A passport or other government issued ID 
  • OR, if you do not have those forms of ID: a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows your name and address and is less than three months old. If you are showing ID because you are voting for the first time, your name and address on the document must match the information on the voter registration roll. 

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Maryland.

 

Mail-In (Absentee) Voting

Any registered voter may vote by mail-in ballot. You don’t need a reason to vote by mail-in ballot. There are three ways you can request a mail-in ballot.

If you want to get a mail-in ballot for all future elections, you can sign up for the permanent mail-in ballot list when you request a mail-in ballot. Once you are on this list, we will send you your mail-in ballot for each future election you are eligible to vote in. You won’t have to submit a request for each election.

 

In-Person Early Voting

Any person that is registered to vote or eligible to register to vote can vote during early voting. Voting during early voting is the same as voting on election day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote and vote your ballot.

Voters who are not yet registered and want to vote early will need to register at the voting center. To register and vote during early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. You will be able to register to vote and vote.

For both the 2024 Presidential Primary and General Elections, you can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. The list of early voting centers will be posted when available.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Maryland

Federally recognized tribes

  • None

State recognized tribes

  • Accohannock Indian Tribe
  • Piscataway Conoy Tribe
  • Piscataway Indian Nation and Tayac Territory

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator, today!

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Ken Ulman
www.mddems.org

Republican
Chairperson, Nicole Beus Harris
www.mdgop.org

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