How to register to vote in Maryland

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Maryland offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Maryland by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Maryland you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a Maryland resident
  • be at least 16 years old, but at least 18 years old to vote
  • 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

Online voter registration

  • Maryland offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Maryland ID to use Maryland's online voter registration system. If you don't have a Maryland-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 16.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: If you have a current, valid Maryland driver's license or a Motor Vehicle Administration identification card, you must enter the driver's license or identification number. If you do not have a current, valid Maryland driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card, you must enter at least the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. However, please note, the disclosure of your full Social Security number is voluntary. The statutory authority allowing election officials to request your full Social Security number is Election Law Article, Section 3-202, Annotated Code of Maryland. The number will be used only for registration and other administrative purposes. It will be kept confidential.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: Maryland requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in. Some parties allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary elections.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 16.

Use the Maryland voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Maryland voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 16.

In-person voter registration

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Thursday, November 1. After the regular voter registration deadline of Tuesday, October 16, you can register and vote in person during the early voting period, which runs from Thursday, October 25 to Thursday, November 1. During early voting, you can also update the address on your voter registration or submit a name change request that will go into effect after the election (you will be able to vote under your former name).
  • Learn more by visiting the State Board of Elections for Maryland or contacting your local election official.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your voter registration form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help registering to vote, TurboVote can walk you through the process.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Maryland.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Maryland's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Thursday, November 1. After the regular voter registration deadline of Tuesday, October 16, you can register and vote in person during the early voting period, which runs from Thursday, October 25 to Thursday, November 1. During early voting, you can also update the address on your voter registration or submit a name change request that will go into effect after the election (you will be able to vote under your former name).

Election contact information for Maryland

Address:
State Board of Elections
151 West Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone Number:
(410) 269-2840