In Person: 21 days before Election Day or during early voting between 13 to 5 days before Election Day.
By Mail: 21 days before Election Day.
Online: 21 days before Election Day.
You can register to vote in-person during early voting (October 27-November 3, 2016). If you can't register by the close of voter registration (October 18, 2016), 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.
To register in Maryland you must:
be a U.S. citizen
be a Maryland resident
be at least 18 years old by the next general election
not be under guardianship for mental disability
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
Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Maryland early voting
Early voting starts the second Saturday before Election Day Early voting centers are open from 10 am until 8 pm every day of early voting except on Sundays; on Sundays, they are open from 12pm to 6pm.
Early voting ends the Thursday before Election Day.
Maryland voter ID
If you’ve voted in Maryland before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.
If you’re voting for the first time in Maryland; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy your Maryland driver’s license, state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents to vote.
Absolutely not. You must mail or hand deliver your voted ballot to your County Board of Elections. Do NOT take your voted absentee ballot to the polls on election day. A voted absentee ballot turned in at the polls will not be counted.
No, but first-time voters must provide ID before voting for the first time in person or by absentee ballot. If you'd like, you can submit your ID with your voter registration form instead. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current and valid photo ID, such as a Maryland driver's license; MVA-issued ID card; student photo ID card; or an employee photo ID. If you don't have a photo ID you can submit a copy of a current utility bill; bank statement; government check; paycheck or; other government document that shows the your name and address.
You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Maryland at least once. If are voting for the first time in Maryland, and you did not include ID with your voter registration application, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current and valid photo ID, such as a Maryland driver's license; MVA-issued ID card; student photo ID card; or an employee photo ID. If you don't have a photo ID you can submit a copy of a current utility bill; bank statement; government check; paycheck or; other government document that shows the your name and address.
Mailed or faxed absentee ballot applications are due the Tuesday before the election. After this date, you may request an emergency absentee ballot if one of the following conditions arises:
Your job will prevent you from voting in person
You suffer a suddent illness or accident that prevents you from voting in person
An immediate member of your family passes away or suffers a serious illness
Your job will prevent you from voting in personYou suffer a suddent illness or accident that prevents you from voting in personAn immediate member of your family passes away or suffers a serious illnessRequests for emergency absentee ballots must be made in person at your County Board of Elections. You may designate an agent to pickup and, if necessary, return the voted ballot. If you have any questions about obtaining an emergency absentee ballot, please contact your County Board of Elections.in person
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.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers