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Voting in Maryland

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Maryland permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. The early voting period was expanded in 2013 from six days to eight days. Most voters in Maryland do not have to present any identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Maryland, contact your state election agency.


Maryland utilizes a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary elections. Generally, a party's primary is closed to all voters except those registered with the party.[1]

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections:[2]

To register to vote, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Maryland resident; and
  • At least 16 years old.

You cannot have been:

  • Convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability; or
  • Convicted of a felony or if you have, you have completed a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.[3]

—Maryland State Board of Elections

When and where

The 2013 Maryland State Legislature passed a bill that authorized same day registration during the early voting period. It also expanded the early voting period from six days to eight days.[4] The law became effective on July 1, 2013[5]

Voters may register online, by mail-in form, or in person at one of the following locations:[2]

  • Your local board of elections;
  • The State Board of Elections;
  • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
  • The Department of Social Services;
  • The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA);
  • Offices on Aging;
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office;
  • All public institutions of higher education;
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • Marriage license offices; and
  • Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.[3]

—Maryland State Board of Elections

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of March 2015, Maryland is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Only first-time voters who registered by mail and did not provide a valid form of identification are required to present identification at the polls on Election Day. Most voters in Maryland do not have to present identification on Election Day.[6]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Maryland, all polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.[7]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Maryland. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[8]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least seven 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 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Maryland is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins on the second Thursday prior to Election Day and ends on the Thursday before the election.[9]

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