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Maryland Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Maryland

Restoration of Voting Rights in Maryland

  • Effective, July 1, 2007, if you have been convicted of a felony and have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction, you are eligible to register to vote.

To register to vote in the State of Maryland, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Be a Maryland resident;
  • Under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, you have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.

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How Do I Register To Vote in Maryland

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting. If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or
  • A 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.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Maryland

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries

Generally, you must be registered with either the Democratic or Republican Party to vote in the primary election. If there are non-partisan offices that are elected in a primary election (i.e., school board), any voter can vote for these offices. Contact your local board of elections.

If you do not select a political party on your voter registration application, you will be "unaffiliated" with any political party. This means that you will generally not be able to vote in party primary elections, but you will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary elections held in your jurisdiction, such as a primary election to select nominees for the board of education.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Maryland

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.

There are three ways you can request an absentee ballot.

  • Online if you have a Maryland’s driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card.
  • Complete and return one of the forms below. Read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment).
  • Go to your local board of elections and fill out and turn in the form.

The deadline depends on how you want to receive your blank ballot.

For the 2016 Primary Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
  • Friday, April 22, 2016, if you want to download your ballot from the State's website

For the 2016 General Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
  • Friday, Novemeber 4, 2016, if you want to download your ballot from the State's website

If you hand deliver your request and the ballots are ready, you can pick up your absentee ballot. You may take your absentee ballot with you and return it by mail or you can vote it at the local board office and give it to an election official. Please visit your local board of elections' website for hours of operation.

If you miss the deadline but still want to vote by absentee ballot, you or your agent must apply in person at your local board of elections. For more information about someone else picking up your ballot, see “Can I have someone pick up my ballot?” below.

Under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, military voters and voters who live outside the U.S. can vote by absentee ballot. If you are a military voter or live outside of the U.S., learn more about absentee voting.

Note: Maryland does not have a permanent absentee list. If you wish to vote by absentee ballot, you must apply for an absentee ballot each primary and general election cycle.

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What If My Address Has Changed

What should I do if I moved since the last election?

  • Give the local board of elections where you currently live your new address information. You can use the voter registration application to make the change, or you can submit in writing your new address. You can also use the voter registration application to make a name or party affiliation change.
  • If you changed your address with MVA, the change should have been sent to your local board of elections unless you specifically stated that you did not want your address changed for voter registration purposes. You can verify that your address has been updated by using the voter look-up website. If you cannot find your information by entering the zip code of your new address, try entering the zip code of your former address. If you find your information using your former address information, it means that your change of address has not been processed. Please contact your local board of elections or submit a voter registration application with your new information.
  • If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card with your new address and polling place information within three to four weeks, contact the local board of elections where you now live to ensure that your records are up-to-date.

College Student

  • At School. In order to vote in Maryland, you must be a resident of the state.[10] Students can establish residency in Maryland if they have a present intent to remain at their Maryland school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home. [11] You do not need to plan to stay in Maryland after graduation to meet these requirements.[12] Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.
  • Voting in Maryland may be considered a declaration of residency, potentially making you subject to other laws that govern state residents.

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

On an election day, a polling place shall be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. A voter who has appeared at a polling place by the closing hour to cast a ballot shall be allowed to vote.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to find your specific registration information and information about your polling place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?


Same-day registration is only available during the early voting period for each regularly scheduled primary and general election. See NCSL's Absentee and Early Voting page for more information.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

Every voter may take two hours off work so long as the employee does not have two hours of continuous off-duty during the time that the polls are open.

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