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
While registered voters in Maryland automatically received mail ballots for the June 2 Primary Election due to COVID-19, voters will have to request a mail ballot to receive one for the upcoming November 3 election.
No excuse is needed to use mail-in voting in Maryland.
To request a mail-in ballot in Maryland, apply online if you have a valid driver’s license or state ID, or complete the PDF application and send it to your local board of elections by mail, by email, by fax, or in person. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted by mail. If submitting the application via email or fax, a scanned version of the signature is sufficient. While registered voters in Maryland automatically received mail ballots for the June 2 Primary Election due to COVID-19, voters will have to request a mail ballot to receive one for the upcoming November 3 election.
Click here to track your Maryland mail-in ballot.
To return your Maryland mail-in ballot, mail it back or return it in person at an early voting center, an election day vote center, a polling place, a ballot drop box, or your local board of elections.
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