Voting Guide

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

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

  • You can also register to vote in person during the Early Voting period or on Election Day


  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: 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. 

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:

  • Paycheck

  • Bank statement

  • Utility bill

  • Change of address form

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.

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/votersearch


  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Maryland voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application. 

  • Deadline for an absentee ballot request form to be received by the Board of Elections: October 20 

  • Requesting an absentee ballot in-person may not be available in all counties. Please contact your local Board of Elections for details.

  • You can return your absentee ballot by mail and postmarked by November 3, or to an early voting center, election day vote center, polling place, or secured drop box by 8 p.m. on November 3.

  • Early in-person voting period is from October 26 to November 2. 

  • If you decide to vote in person, you can vote at any vote center in your county.

By Mail

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:

Absentee ballots can be sent to you by mail, in-person pick up, or through the internet. 

Early In-Person

For the 2020 general election, early voting will be held from Monday, October 26, through Monday, November 2. Early voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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 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.

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 is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019