En español | Maryland’s July 19 primary will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for governor, U.S. House and Senate, and state legislature, among other races.
A new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot. Redistricting also may affect polling place locations for some voters. Call your local board of elections or visit the state board of elections website for more information.
Note that the primary date has been moved from June 28 to July 19.
If you miss the deadline, you still can register at an early voting center in your county or at your polling place on Election Day. You’ll need to bring a driver’s license, state-issued ID card or paycheck, bank statement or other document that confirms your name and address. State officials still encourage voters to meet the registration deadline to save time at the polls.
Check if you’re registered to vote through the state’s voter information portal.
Yes. Only people who are registered with a particular party can participate in their party’s respective primary. Unaffiliated voters cannot participate, though they can vote for candidates for nonpartisan offices like school board races.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse mail-in ballot and vote from home in July's primary and in November’s general election. Apply for a mail-in ballot online, by mail or in person:
You also may go online or send a request through the mail to receive an emailed ballot that you may then print, complete and mail or hand-deliver. Your request for an emailed ballot must be received by July 15 for the primary and Nov. 4 for the general election.
You can designate an agent to deliver your ballot application, pick up your ballot and bring it to you. You and the person you choose must complete a mail-in ballot agent form and take it to your local board of elections.
Return completed ballots by mail or in person, including those received via email.
Use the state’s voter services portal to track the status of your ballot.
Yes, you can vote early and in person at an early voting center from July 7 through July 14 for the primary and Oct. 27 through Nov. 3 for the general election. You can also register to vote at early voting centers if you missed the initial registration deadline. Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Locations are available at the state board of elections website.
The primary election is Tuesday, July 19, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will still be able to cast a ballot after 8 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed. Use the state's voter information portal to find a polling place near you.
All voting locations have special equipment to assist the visually or physically impaired. The state board of elections website has more information about resources available to people with disabilities.
Some first-time voters may be asked to show a valid photo ID, like a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, student ID or U.S. passport. A full list of acceptable documents is listed on the state board of elections website.
If you’re registering to vote at an early voting center or on Election Day, bring a state ID, driver’s license or paycheck, utility bill, bank statement or other acceptable document that verifies your name and address.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on May 27 with new information about voting in the primary election. The guide was first published on Aug. 12, 2020.
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