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How to Vote in Maryland

To Vote you must Register

Who may register to vote?

Any U.S. Citizen who

When may I register to vote?

Voter registration applications may be submitted year round. However, no registration will be processed during the:

Where may I register to vote?

You may complete a voter registration application in person at the election office in your county or Baltimore City. See the list of Board of Supervisors of Elections for listing of board offices and telephone numbers. Voter registration applications are also available throughout Maryland at any office of the State Department of Health, Social Services Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Offices on Aging and other State agencies. You may also obtain a voter registration application at marriage licensing bureaus and community colleges.

May I register to vote by mail?

Yes. You may request your election board to send a voter registration application to you, or you can call the State's toll free telephone number 1-800-222-VOTE to have an application mailed to you.

The completed application may be mailed to the election board or delivered in person.

When am I registered to vote?

You are considered a registered voter when you receive your voter notification card from your election board.

What should I do if I have changed my address or my name since the last election?

You must notify the election board in your county of residence within 30 days by written notice, signed by the voter, requesting that the proper form for providing such written notification be mailed to you.

What should I do if I move to another county within the state? Or across the Baltimore City line?

You must re-register with the election board within your new residence jurisdiction.

Do I have to register for each election?

No. Registration is permanent, as long as you continue to live in the same jurisdiction and keep your address and name current with your local election board.

If I am an overseas citizen, must I register to vote?

No. Maryland waives registration for most overseas citizens who are eligible to vote in Federal Elections only. Contact your election board for more information.

Make your voice count. Register, then Vote.

When are elections held?


Baltimore City elections are held in the year after the Gubernatorial year (1999.) The Primary Election is the second Tuesday after the first Monday in September and the General Election is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

When are the polls open?

Throughout Maryland polls are open continuously from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day. If you are in line when the polls close, you may vote.

Where will I vote?

After you are registered you will receive by mail a Voter Notification Card which will show your precinct number and polling place. You must always vote in the polling place for your precinct, so keep the notification as a reminder.

How will I cast my ballot?

You will vote on a voting machine or on one of the other voting devices approved for use in the State. You may ask election officials to show you how, but you alone must cast the vote. If you are blind, disabled, or unable to vote without help, you may choose someone to assist you or have one election judge from each party help you.

Voting in Primary Elections

What is a Party Primary?

The major parties are required by law to choose their candidates for the General Election in Party Primary Elections.

Only registered voters who have affiliated with a major political party may vote in the Primary Election of their party.

How can I vote in a Party Primary?

To vote in a Party Primary, you must affiliate with that party either when you register to vote or at a later date.

May I change parties?

Yes. At anytime except in the 12 weeks prior to a primary election, send your written request for a change or by completing a voter registration application.

Suppose I don't wish to affiliate with a party?

If you do not choose a party, you will be recorded as a "Decline." You will not be able to vote in Party Primaries, but you will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary held in your jurisdiction such as a Board of Education Primary.

If I register before my 18th birthday and the Party Primary comes before that birthday, what then?

If you will be 18 by the General Election, you may vote in the Primary that precedes it even if you are under 18.


Can't get to the polls?

Vote by Absentee Ballot.

Who may vote by Absentee Ballot?

A qualified voter who cannot get to their polling place on Election Day because of absence from home, illness or disability, confinement in or restriction to an institution, overseas citizens who reside outside the United States who would be qualified to vote in Maryland, and for other reasons. Please contact your election board to see if you qualify.

How do I get an Absentee Ballot?

You must apply in writing for the ballot. Phone, write or go to the election board for an application. (Apply for absentee voting as far ahead of time as you can, but no later than seven days before the election.) When your application is processed and you are found to be qualified, the ballot will be mailed to you.

How do I cast an Absentee Ballot?

Follow the instructions enclosed with the ballot and return it to the election board.

What if I have a last minute problem?

If you are already a registered voter, you may apply for a emergency absentee ballot after the deadline if:

You may also qualify to designate a duly authorized agent to acquire and return your ballot. For more information, please contact your local election board.

Board of Supervisors of Elections

Allegany County
701 Kelly Road, Suite 213
Cumberland, MD 21502-3401
(301) 777-5931
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Anne Arundel County
P.O. Box 490
Glen Burnie, MD 21060-0490
(410) 222-6600
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Baltimore City
Charles L. Benton Bldg., Room 129
417 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-3432
(410) 396-5550
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Baltimore County
305 W. Chesapeake Avenue
Suite 310
Towson, MD 21204-4408
(410) 887-5700
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Calvert County
P.O. Box 798
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-0798
(410) 535-2214
8:30 - 4:30 Daily

Caroline County
Multi-Service Center
207 S. Third Street
Denton, MD 21629-1229
(410) 479-5735
9:00 - 4:00 Daily

Carroll County
225 N. Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157-5194
Office: 224 N Center St.
(410) 386-2080
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Cecil County
Court House, Room 332
129 E. Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921-5970
(410) 996-5311
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Charles County
P.O. Box 908
La Plata, MD 20646-0681
(301) 934-8972
(301) 870-3167
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Dorchester County
P.O. Box 414
Cambridge, MD 21613-0414
(410) 228-2560
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Frederick County
Winchester Hall
12 E. Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701-5447
(301) 694-1005
7:30 - 4:30 Daily

Garrett County
Garrett Co. Court House, Rm. 108
203 S. Fourth Street
Oakland, MD 21550-1584
(301) 334-1962
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Harford County
18 Office Street
Bel Air, MD 21014-3778
(410) 638-3565
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Howard County
8659 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4126
(410) 313-2727
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Kent County
215 Washington Street
Chestertown, MD 21620-1312
(410) 778-0038
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Montgomery County
P. O. Box 4333
Rockville, MD 20849-4333
(240) 777-8500
8:30 - 5:00 Daily

Prince George's County
14701 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr.
Suite 101
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3070
(301) 952-3270
8:00 - 9:00 pm Daily

Queen Anne's County
County Annex Bldg.
PO. Box 274
Centerville, MD 21617-0274
(410) 758-0832
8:00 - 5:00 Daily, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 3rd Thur.

St. Mary's County
P.O. Box 197
Leonardtown, MD 20650-0197
(301) 475-4651
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Somerset County
P. O. Box 96
Princess Anne, MD 21853-0096
(410) 651-0767
9:00 - 4:30 Daily

Talbot County
P. O. Box 353
Easton, MD 21601-0353
(410) 822-5045
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

Washington County
33 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740-4834
(301) 791-3030
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Wicomico County
P. O. Box 4091
Salisbury, MD 21803-4091
(410) 548-4830
8:00 - 4:30 Daily

Worcester County
100 Belt Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863-1310
(410) 632-1320
8:00 - 5:00 Daily

If you are not registered to vote in the state of Maryland, and would like to obtain a voter registration application by mail, call your Local Board of Supervisors of Elections (see listing of election board offices and telephone numbers above), or the Maryland State Administrative Board of Election Laws at: 1-800-222-VOTE

Maryland State Administrative Board of Election Laws
P.O. Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21404-0231
8 AM - 5 PM Daily
Phone 800/222-VOTE
MD Relay Service 800/735-2258

Additional Information

Project Vote-Smart

Maryland League of Women Voters

Federal Election Commission Mail-In Voter Registration Form
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open file)

Frequently Asked Election Day Questions as answered by the Maryland State Board of Elections

Absentee Voting Procedures for Maryland

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