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Maryland | Voting Guide



Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

  • 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.

  • If registering online, the application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. the night of the registration deadline, for other registration methods, the deadline is at 5 p.m.



  • Statewide and Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: April 7

  • Same day early voting registration available April 16 through Thursday, April 23

  • Statewide and Presidential Primary Election (including same day registration): April 28

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13. Same day early voting registration available October 22 through Thursday, October 29

  • General Election (including same day registration): November 3


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.


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.

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

  • Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID card

  • If you don’t have one of these you must show an official document that contains your name and address including:

    • Change of address card

    • Paycheck

    • Bank statement

    • Utility bill

    • Other government document with your name and address on it


If you register on Election Day at your polling location, you will need a Maryland driver’s license or Maryland identification card that contains your current address; or if you do not have one of those you will need a copy of an official document that contains your name and current address and meets the requirements established by the State Board of Elections.


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 and did not provide a Maryland driver’s license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their Social Security number on their registration. 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


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By Mail

  • Maryland voters can vote using an absentee ballot. Request a ballot through the state’s online portal at, by printing and filling out a request form and mailing it to your local board of elections, or by physically going to your local board of elections to fill out a request form in-person.

  • If you wish to receive your absentee ballot through the mail or by fax, your request for it 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 for it must be received by the Friday before Election Day. Absentee ballot requests made in person by the voter or their authorized agent may be made by the close of polls on Election day.

  • Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your local board of elections by 10 a.m. the second Friday after Election Day. Hand delivered ballots must be received by your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.


Early In-Person

  • 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.


Election Day

  • 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 must 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

  • 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?

  • New residents of Maryland for motor vehicle purposes must register their vehicle(s) within 60 days of moving to Maryland regardless of voter registration status. 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 June  2019

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