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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your valid Maryland-issued state ID or driver’s license number to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterservices.elections.maryland.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Maryland state voter registration form or call the State Board of Elections (410-269-2840) or your local boards of election to request an application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check box for whether you’re a US citizen and at least 16 years old

Step 2 · Indicate whether the registration is a new registration, name change, party affiliation change, or address change

Steps 3-5 · Provide your full name, gender, and date of birth

Step 6 · Provide your Maryland driver’s license or Maryland state ID number, or if you have neither, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a Maryland driver’s license, state ID number, or Social Security number, check the box to indicate that.

Steps 7–8 · Provide your Maryland residential address and mailing address (if different)

Step 9 · Designate your political party affiliation

Step 10 · Provide your daytime telephone number and email address (email address is optional)

Step 11 · Check box if you need help voting or would like to be an election judge

Step 12 · Sign and date the form

Step 13 · (If applicable) If you previously registered in another county in Maryland or in another state, provide the name, date of birth, and address on your last registration

Step 14 · (If applicable) If you don’t provide a driver’s license, state ID, or Social Security number, you must provide a copy of one of the following, with your registration or at the time of voting:

  • Maryland driver’s license
  • Maryland state ID card
  • Student or employee ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Passport
  • Any state or federal government issued ID card
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows your name and address

3. Send the form.

Mail your completed form by Oct 18 to this address:

Maryland State Board of Elections
P.O. Box 6486
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-0486

You may also mail the application to your local board of elections


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterservices.elections.maryland.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

You can get the voter registration form at your local board of elections, the state board of elections, and many other government offices.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check box for whether you’re a US citizen and at least 16 years old

Step 2 · Indicate whether the registration is a new registration, name change, party affiliation change, or address change

Steps 3–5 · Provide your full name, gender, and date of birth

Step 6 · Provide your Maryland driver’s license or Maryland state ID number, or if you have neither, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a Maryland driver’s license, state ID number, or Social Security number, check the box to indicate that.

Steps 7–8 · Provide your Maryland residential address and mailing address (if different)

Step 9 · Designate your political party affiliation

Step 10 · Provide your daytime telephone number and email address (email address is optional)

Step 11 · Check box if you need help voting or would like to be an election judge

Step 12 · Sign and date the form

Step 13 · (If applicable) If you previously registered in another county in Maryland or in another state, provide the name, date of birth, and address on your last registration


3. Return the form.

Return the form by Oct 18.

You can also register in person at an early voting center in your county from Oct 27-Nov 3. You’ll need your your Maryland state driver’s license or an ID card, change of address card, paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterservices.elections.maryland.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be a resident of Maryland on the day you seek to register
  • Not have been convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction
  • Not be under the guardianship for mental disability or if you’re, you have not been found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
Online
October 18

Mail
October 18

In Person
November 3

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 27–Nov 3

Be sure to bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required


Who can vote early

Any registered voter in Maryland can vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

Any registered voter in Maryland can vote early by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the application for an absentee ballot or request an absentee ballot online(you’ll need a Maryland driver’s license or state ID card)

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · To vote absentee in the general election on Nov 8, select “general election”

Steps 2-4 · Provide your name, birthday, and political party affiliation (if any)

Steps 5-6 · Provide your phone number and email address

Step 7 · Provide your address

Step 8 · Provide the address where you want your ballot to be mailed

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail, fax, or scan and email to your local board of elections so it’s received by one of the following deadlines: Nov 1 if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax; or by Nov 4 if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Your completed ballot must be mailed to the address on the return envelope and postmarked by Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on voterservices.elections.maryland.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
October 27–November 3

Be sure to bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Maryland. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a resident of Maryland on the day you seek to register
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not have been convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction
  • Not be under the 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
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Maryland, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person

If you’re voting for the first time in Maryland; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy your Maryland driver’s license, state ID card, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not. You must mail or hand deliver your voted ballot to your County Board of Elections. Do NOT take your voted absentee ballot to the polls on election day. A voted absentee ballot turned in at the polls will not be counted.
No, but first-time voters must provide ID before voting for the first time in person or by absentee ballot. If you’d like, you can submit your ID with your voter registration form instead. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current and valid photo ID, such as a Maryland driver’s license; MVA-issued ID card; student photo ID card; or an employee photo ID. If you don’t have a photo ID you can submit a copy of a current utility bill; bank statement; government check; paycheck or; other government document that shows the your name and address.
You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Maryland at least once. If are voting for the first time in Maryland, and you did not include ID with your voter registration application, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current and valid photo ID, such as a Maryland driver’s license; MVA-issued ID card; student photo ID card; or an employee photo ID. If you don’t have a photo ID you can submit a copy of a current utility bill; bank statement; government check; paycheck or; other government document that shows the your name and address.
Mailed or faxed absentee ballot applications are due the Tuesday before the election. After this date, you may request an emergency absentee ballot if one of the following conditions arises:

  • Your job will prevent you from voting in person
  • You suffer a suddent illness or accident that prevents you from voting in person
  • An immediate member of your family passes away or suffers a serious illness
  • Your job will prevent you from voting in person
  • You suffer a suddent illness or accident that prevents you from voting in person
  • An immediate member of your family passes away or suffers a serious illness

Requests for emergency absentee ballots must be made in person at your County Board of Elections. You may designate an agent to pickup and, if necessary, return the voted ballot. If you have any questions about obtaining an emergency absentee ballot, please contact your County Board of Elections in person.