Last update: 09-30-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Last update: 09-30-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Maryland allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Maryland offers early voting.
Who can register to vote?
To register in Maryland you must:
- be a U.S. citizen
- be a Maryland resident
- be at least 18 years old to vote (you may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next General Election.)
- not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
- not be currently serving a sentence of imprisonment for a felony conviction
- not be under guardianship for mental disability or if you are, you have not been found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote
How do I vote in person?
Vote on Election Day
Voters in Maryland can look up where to vote on Maryland's site.
Maryland does offer early voting. Learn more about voting early in Maryland.
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 ID when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents to vote.
Acceptable forms include:
- Maryland driver's license
- state or federal ID card
- MVA ID card
- student, employee, or military ID
- current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, government document that shows your name and address when you registered (dated within three months of the election)
If you're a first time voter and 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.
How do I vote by mail?
- Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application or the online Mail-in Ballot Request portal if you have a Maryland driver's license or MVA-issued ID card.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Submit the request to your local election office.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Additional option for voters in Maryland
If you have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card you are able to request a mail-in ballot be delivered to you via email. You will receive an email with a downloadable ballot that you can print at home. You must mail or hand deliver your voted ballot to your local election office. You cannot submit your voted ballot online, by email, or fax.
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Maryland does offer in person registration on Election Day.
What are key deadlines for the November 2022 election?
Absentee ballot deadlines
How do I see what's on my ballot?
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.
How do I get help registering to vote?
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your local election office.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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 local election office 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.
How can I check my voter registration status?
How do I contact my state election office?
Can I trust this information?
These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.
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