En español | Maryland’s Nov. 8 general election will determine races for governor and seats in the U.S. House and Senate, and state legislature. The state’s primary was July 19.
Registered voters will automatically receive an application for a mail-in ballot under a law signed in 2021.
A new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of state legislative and U.S. congressional districts. These changes 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.
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. Bring a Maryland driver’s license, state-issued ID card, 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.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse mail-in ballot if they do not automatically receive one. 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 Nov. 4.
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.
Cast your ballot at an early voting center from Oct. 27 through Nov. 3 for the general election. You can also register to vote at early voting centers between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. if you missed the initial registration deadline. Locations will be available at the state board of elections website.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can still cast a ballot after polls close as long as you are in line by 8 p.m. 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 an acceptable document that verifies your name and address.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 8 with new information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 12, 2020.
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