Voting is one of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
The Maryland voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13th.
- To register to vote online by October 13th, click here.
- If you do not have a state ID, you can use a paper form to register. The form is available for download in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean.
- If you don’t have access to a printer, contact your local election board and request an application be sent to you by mail.
- To check on the status of your registration (confirm your information is up to date), click here.
- If you have a felony conviction, but are not currently incarcerated – you have the right to vote in this election. Still unsure? Click here to learn if you’re eligible.
- People who are currently incarcerated (in pre-trial detention or convicted of a misdemeanor) are eligible to vote in elections. Check out Out For Justice’s valuemyvote.today to learn more.
If you are an eligible voter who missed the registration deadline, same-day registration is available at all in-person voting centers during the early voting period and on Election Day.
Voting by Mail
Requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by October 20th.
- To request your mail-in ballot using the online request form, click here.
- If you do not have a state ID, you can use a paper request form. The form is available for download in English and Spanish.
- Check your mail: If you were registered to vote before August 6 at your current address, you should receive an application in the mail around August 28-September 4 (depending on where you live). A pre-paid return envelope will also be included. We still recommend using the online request for if able.
- To watch a video covering how to request a mail-in ballot, click here.
- To confirm your request for a mail-in ballot has been received, click here. Please note that it can take up to 10 days for your request to appear online. If more than 10 days, contact your local board before the request deadline.
If you request your ballot be sent to you electronically (via email), you need to be able to print and provide your own envelope and postage to submit that ballot. These ballots can not be returned by email (you vote will not be counted). We recommend using this option only if you need to use an electronic ballot marking device.
If you choose to vote in person, we encourage you to vote early. This way you reduce the risk of running out of time, standing in line, or possible last-minute changes caused by COVID-19.
Early voting will be available from Monday, Oct. 26th to Monday, Nov. 2nd. These locations will be open from 7am to 8pm on all days. Voters can go to any location in their county to vote.
- To view the list of early voting locations in your county, click here.
- To search early voting centers by county, click here.
- To view the list of Election Day vote centers in your county, click here.
- To search voting locations by county, click here.
Voters choosing to vote in-person should wear a mask and practice social-distancing.
Non-Partisan Voter Guide
Learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues and find information about the questions on your ballot. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you actually vote. To learn more about what’s on your ballot, visit lwvmd.org/2020_voters_guides
Voting & Returning Your Ballot
- Ballots for this election will start to be mailed to voters who submitted requests on Sept. 24th.
- When you receive your ballot, fill in the oval to the left of your candidate choice.
- After voting your ballot, seal, sign, and date the oath on the return envelope using a black pen.
- We recommend returning your voted ballot using a secure dropbox. For a list of locations in your county, click here.
- To search ballot drop-off boxes by county, click here.
- If returning your voted ballot by mail, send no later than Oct. 27th to allow a full week for delivery (avoiding any delays). No stamp is required.
- Make sure your ballot is not rejected! Sign the return envelope and make sure your ballot is postmarked on or before November 3rd (by 8 pm).
- To track your voted ballot, click here.
Contact you local election board: full list here
Your Voting Rights
- If you run into any problems and can’t get the assistance needed from election officials, call an Election Protection Hotline.
- In Maryland, you can still register to vote during the early voting and on Election Day.
- If you are not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction, you have the right to vote.
- If you are in line when polls are supposed to close, stay in line. You have the right to vote.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
- If you can prove you live in Maryland, no one except an election judge can challenge your eligibility to vote. If this happens, contact an Election Protection hotline. Don’t leave – ask for a provisional ballot. If you are qualified and registered, they will count your provisional ballot.
- If you are turned away or denied a provisional ballot, call an Election Protection Hotline and notify your local election board.
- If you run into any other problems and can’t get the assistance needed from election officials, call an Election Protection Hotline.
Election Protection Hotlines
Election Protection provides Maryland voters with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. We’re here to help voters make sure their vote is counted!
ACLU of Maryland’s Election Protection Hotline (443-399-3229) for Maryland voters is open now through when polls close on Election Day. Please leave a voicemail or send a text and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Common Cause Maryland partners with 866OurVote to support calls from Maryland voters. The hotline provides one-on-one assistance to voters with questions or problems that may arise. Trained legal volunteers will be helping to respond to MD voter inquiries from not to Election Day.
866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) – English language hotline
888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) – Spanish language hotline
888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) – Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Tagalog hotline
844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) – Arabic language hotline
American Sign Language video call number: 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683)
Maryland Student Vote Summit | Saturday, Oct. 3rd
The Maryland Student Vote Summit will be a day to learn, connect, and inspire. The goal is to bring hundreds of students together to strengthen collaboration among campuses, share best practices, promote healthy competition, and elevate student voting. The event is free to attend and entirely non-partisan.
State of Voting in MD Webinar
Details coming soon!
Sign up to serve as a MD Election Protection Volunteer: Volunteers like you will be voters’ first line of defense against suppression tactics and other impediments to voters making their voices heard. Volunteers who commit to taking at least one General Election volunteers shift in their County will help to:
- safely monitor vote centers from their vehicles (drive-by poll monitoring!)
- When necessary, monitor from outside of vote center to assist voters (masks, hand sanitizer will be provided)
Sign up and a member of the Common Cause MD team will be in touch to get you trained. https://bit.ly/32Smaw1
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