How to vote in Maryland

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Maryland allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Maryland offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Maryland. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Maryland can look up where to vote on Maryland's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Maryland voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 25 to Thursday, November 1, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in Maryland before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your Maryland driver's license, state or federal ID card, student, employee, or military ID, 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.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. For your ballot to count, you must provide ID to your local board of elections before 10 am on the 2nd Wednesday after election day.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we 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).
  • The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 25 to Thursday, November 1, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.

Election contact information for Maryland

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

Phone Number:
(410) 269-2840