Maryland Election Information

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2014 Primary: June 24, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections 

Other Important Election Information

Polling Place Hours

Election Day: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Days of Early voting:

Primary: June 12th, 2014-June 19th, 2014

General Election: October 23, 2014-October 30th, 2014

Early Voting Hours: Designated polling places will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the early voting period.

To locate your polling place, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Polling Place Lookup webpage, or call your local Board of Elections or 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

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Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: June 3, 2014

2014 General Election: October 14, 2014 No new registrations will be processed until the eleventh day after the election.

You must register at least 21 days before an election.

How to Check Your Registration Status

  • Visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Voter Lookup webpage.
  • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

Eligibility Requirements to Register

In order to be eligible to register or vote in Maryland, an individual must:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Maryland resident; and
  • At least 16 years old. You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.

 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.

First Time Voters Who Register By Mail

You must attach a copy of one of the following to your voter registration application OR bring it when you vote for the first time:

  • a Maryland driver's license number or
  • Motor Vehicles Administration ID Card number or 
  • If the voter does not have a driver's license number; provide at least the last four digits of the voter's social security number. 
  • If the voter does not have any of these, the voter must affirm, under penalty of perjury, that the voter does not have a driver's license or social security number.

Where to Register

Voters may register to vote:

(1) At their local board or state board office;

(2) At registration site administered by a local board;

(3) Through the mail;

(4) When applying to the Motor Vehicles Administration for the issuance, renewal, or modification of a driver’s license or identification card;

(5) At a voter registration agency;

(6) By registering online; or

(7) Through a voter registration drive

If You Want to Vote Early

Primary: Voters may cast a ballot at a designated early voting site from Thursday, June 12th,  , 2014.  through Thursday, June 19th, 2014. Designated polling places will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the early voting period.

General Election: Voters may cast a ballot at a designated early voting site from Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 through Thursday, October 30th, 2014.  Designated polling places will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the early voting period.

For Early Voting questions and locations, please visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Early Voting Page.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. 

  • For Primary: Your absentee ballot application must be received (not just mailed) by June 20th, 2014. , 2014. The deadline to submit the absentee ballot via the internet is Friday, June 20th, 2014.  (by 8pm if you mail or deliver the application or by 11:59 p.m. if you fax or email it).
  • General Election: For mail-in absentee ballots, the ballot must be received (not just submitted) by Tuesday, October 28th, 2014. Absentee ballots submitted via the internet must be received by Friday, October 31st, 2014.

  • A voter or his or her authorized agent may apply through a late application in person for an absentee ballot at the office of the local election board from Wednesday, October 31, through the closing of the polls on Election Day.
  • You must apply for a new absentee ballot each primary and general election cycle.
  • You may go to your local Board of Elections and pick up your absentee ballot application, which is available in English or in Spanish.  You may either take your absentee ballot with you or return it by mail.  You may also vote absentee at the local Board office and give it to an election official. Hours of operation can be found on your local Board of Elections' website.

Identification Requirements to Register

With your voter registration application also provides:

  • a Maryland driver’s license number or
  • MVA ID Card number. 
  • If you do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, the last four digits of your social security number.
  • Your application will NOT be processed unless you provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card, or social security number.

Identification Requirements to Vote

Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting.

If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or
  • A copy of a current utility bill,
  • bank statement, government check,
  •  paycheck or
  • other government document that shows your name and address.

Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.

If the voter does not satisfy the identification requirement before voting for the first time, the voter will be required to present identification at the time of voting.

If you moved (more than three weeks before the election) and did not update your voter registration information, you will need to contact your local board of elections to find out your proper polling place (based on your new residence address). You will be required to vote a provisional ballot at the new polling place.  If you moved less than three weeks before the election, you may vote at the polling place for your old address or vote a provisional ballot at your new address.

However, if the voter has failed to vote before or in the second general election following his/her move, the voter shall be removed from the registry.

Registration is permanent as long as you continue to live in Maryland and notify your new local board of elections of your new address. You do not have to re-register when you move within the State, but you must keep your address current.  Upon receiving information that a voter currently registered in the State has moved to a different address within the State, the appropriate election official shall change the voter's record and send the voter a confirmation notice. 

If the election judge is able to locate your name on the precinct register in your new county of residence, or in the state-wide register, you should be permitted to vote a regular ballot; if not, the voter must be permitted to vote a provisional ballot.  

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Maryland-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Maryland-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the November 16, 2012 deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Maryland-specific FWAB page.

If you have been convicted of a felony and have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction, you are eligible to register to vote. 

You will not qualify to register to vote if you have been convicted of buying or selling votes.

For more information, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

FAQ

Electionary

Top Issues to Field

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”

For more information for student voters, visit the Maryland Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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