Maryland elections, 2013
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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- See also: Absentee Voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Maryland. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least 7 days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked on or before election day if submitted by mail. Ballots can also be returned in person until 8pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
Maryland is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins on the 2nd Saturday prior to election and ends on the Thursday before the election (10-5 days prior). It is not held on the Sunday that falls in that period of time. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Elections Performance Index
Maryland ranked 19th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Maryland received an overall score of 67%.