Maryland | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates


Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the Maryland presidential primary election has been rescheduled for June 2, 2020.

  • The deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is May 12, although residents may register the same day they go to vote during the early voting period and on Election Day.

  • All registered Maryland voters may vote by mail. More information about voting by mail is available below.

  • There will be no early voting for the presidential primary due to COVID-19

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

  • If registering online, the application must be submitted by 9:00 p.m. the night of the registration deadline; for other registration methods, the deadline is at 5 p.m.

  • Voters may register after the deadline at their voting location during early voting.

  • Beginning October 1, 2019, voters  may also register at their polling location on Election Day.


  • Statewide and Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 27

  • Statewide and Presidential Primary Election: June 2

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Maryland’s voter registration form asks for your Maryland driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. The online voter registration system requires you to have a Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID, unless you currently reside outside of the United States or are a military member or the spouse or dependent of a military member, in which case you may provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you choose to register at an early voting location or on Election Day, you must provide a document that proves your address. This can be:

  • A Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID card

  • An official document that contains your name and address, including:


              -Bank statement

              -Utility bill

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You do not need any ID to vote early or on Election Day in Maryland. The exception is for first-time voters who registered by mail or during a voter registration drive, whose Maryland driver’s license number, ID number, or last four digits of their Social Security number could not be matched to an existing record by election officials, and who did not submit a copy of identification to election officials. Acceptable identification includes Maryland-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards and student ID cards. For a full list of valid forms of identification, visit

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Maryland voters will automatically receive a ballot by mail for the June 2nd Presidential Primary. To request that your ballot be delivered electronically or to a different address, you must submit your request following the steps below.

All Maryland voters can vote by mail. There are three ways to request a mail-in ballot:

If you wish to receive your absentee ballot through the mail or by fax, your request must be received by the Tuesday before Election Day. If you wish to receive your absentee ballot by downloading it from the State Board of Elections website, your request must be received by the Friday before Election Day.

For the November 3, 2020 General Election, voters can request a mail-in ballot in person at their local board of elections and complete and return their ballots in person or by mail. For more information, contact your local board of elections.

For the June 2nd Presidential Primary, voters can submit their completed ballots by mail. The ballots must be postmarked on or before June 2, 2020. The state is also in the process of establishing drop off boxes where voters can submit completed ballots between May 21 and June 2.

For the November 3rd General Election, voters can submit their completed ballots by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to their local board of elections or a polling place. Completed ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 10:00 a.m. on November 13, 2020.

Early In Person

There will be no in-person early voting for the June 2nd Presidential Primary.

Early voting begins the second Thursday before Election Day and ends the Thursday before Election Day. Early voting centers are open from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in a general election and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in primary elections.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

  • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

  • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

Tuition Status

  • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Maryland affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • As a new resident of Maryland, you may be required to obtain a Maryland’s driver’s license or update your car registration. For more information, you may wish  to contact the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Maryland legal professional.


Last updated April 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

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