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Maryland: Voter Guide
Voting Information // Maryland

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

Voting Qualifications

Not currently in jail for a felony conviction
Not ever convicted of buying or selling votes
Not under guardianship for mental disability
Resident of Maryland
United States citizen
18+ years of age by the next general election


In Person - 
During early voting or on Election Day with proof of address
Mail - 
Postmarked 21 days before Election Day
Online - 
21 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 7 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Voted ballot postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10 am, 10 days after Election Day
In Person - 
Between 5 and 12 days before Election Day

More Information

You have the option to register with any of Maryland’s recognized political parties. If you choose not to register with a party, you will be registered as “unaffiliated.” If registered as unaffiliated, you will generally not be able to vote in primary elections, but you will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary election held in your jurisdiction, such as a primary election to select nominees for the board of education, and any general election.

Any registered Maryland voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

If you’ve voted in Maryland before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person. If you’re voting for the first time in Maryland and submitted your registration by mail or you are registering at the polls, you may be asked to show photo identification and proof of address:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • Any other State or federal government-issued ID card
  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address and that is dated within 3 months of the election