Voting in Maryland
Voter Registration In Maryland
Who Can Register In Maryland
To register to vote in Maryland, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Maryland
- Be at least 16
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not currently serving a sentence for conviction of a felony
- Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
You must register to vote at least 21 days before the election you wish to vote in. You can also register during early voting or on Election Day (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
Maryland Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Maryland but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your polling place or early voting center on Election Day or during the early voting period.
You can pre-register to vote in Maryland when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
Maryland does restore the right to vote upon completion of the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, with the exception of convictions for buying or selling votes.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Maryland
Where To Vote In Maryland
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Maryland.
Early Voting In Maryland
Maryland offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins on the second Thursday before the election and ends the Thursday before the election.
Primary Elections In Maryland
Maryland typically has closed primaries, although it is up to the state political parties to decide. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Maryland
Voter ID Requirements
ID is not required to vote in Maryland, with the exception of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements for first-time voters.
Additional Maryland Resources
Your State Election Official
Maryland State Board of Elections Chair
Phone number: 410.269.2840; 800.222.8683