How to register to vote in Maryland

Maryland offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Maryland by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Maryland you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a Maryland resident
  • be at least 16 years old, but at least 18 years old to vote
  • not be under guardianship for mental disability
  • not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
  • not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, you have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Online voter registration

  • Maryland offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Maryland ID to use Maryland’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a Maryland-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
  • You can register online to vote until Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

By-mail voter registration

Use the Maryland voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Maryland voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: If you have a current, valid Maryland driver’s license or a Motor Vehicle Administration identification card, you must enter the driver’s license or identification number. If you do not have a current, valid Maryland driver’s license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card, you must enter at least the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. However, please note, the disclosure of your full Social Security number is voluntary. The statutory authority allowing election officials to request your full Social Security number is Election Law Article, Section 3-202, Annotated Code of Maryland. The number will be used only for registration and other administrative purposes. It will be kept confidential.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Maryland requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in. Some parties allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  8. If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.

Election Day registration

Maryland does offer registration on Election Day.

In-person voter registration

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.Registered voters have always been able to vote during early voting, but now individuals who are eligible but not yet registered can register and vote.

    To register and vote during early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. You will be able to register to vote and vote.

    If you moved, you can update your address. You will be able to change your address and vote.

    If you want to change your party affiliation, you can’t do that at an early voting center. You must wait until after the election to change your party affiliation.

    If you changed your name, you must vote under your former name, but you can fill out a form with your new name. Your name will be updated after the election.

    For more information, see https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.

  • You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
  • Learn more by visiting the State Board of Elections for Maryland or contacting your local election official.

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Maryland. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Maryland’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.Registered voters have always been able to vote during early voting, but now individuals who are eligible but not yet registered can register and vote.

    To register and vote during early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. You will be able to register to vote and vote.

    If you moved, you can update your address. You will be able to change your address and vote.

    If you want to change your party affiliation, you can’t do that at an early voting center. You must wait until after the election to change your party affiliation.

    If you changed your name, you must vote under your former name, but you can fill out a form with your new name. Your name will be updated after the election.

    For more information, see https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.

  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Monday, October 26, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Election contact information for Maryland

Address:
State Board of Elections
151 West Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone Number:
(410) 269-2840