Maryland | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
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
If registering by mail, applications must be postmarked by 21 days before Election Day
You can also register to vote in person during the Early Voting period or on Election Day
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.
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:
Change of address form
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 https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/votingFAQ.aspx#7.
Where Do I Vote?
How Can I Vote?
Any registered Maryland voter can vote by mail. There are three ways to request a mail-in ballot:
By filling out a request form in-person at your local Board of Elections
The deadline for requesting a mail ballot depends on the method of submission and the preferred method of delivery:
In-person requests may be made through Election Day. Contact your local election board for hours.
To receive a ballot by mail or fax, a request must be submitted 7 days before Election Day.
To recieve a ballot online, a request submitted by mail must be received by 5 p.m. on the 6th day before Election Day.
To recieve a ballot online, a request submitted online or by fax must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day.
The deadline for returning a completed mail ballot depends on the method of return:
Ballots submitted in person must be returned to the local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day, or at any early voting center, Election Day polling place, or designated secure drop box by close of polls on Election Day
Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 10 a.m. on the 10th day after Election Day
You can vote early at any early voting site in your county. For more information about early voting, including dates and polling hours for upcoming elections, visit: https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.
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.
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 July 2021