Voter Access Initiative

Voting in Maryland

GENERAL ELECTION: November 3, 2020 

Vote By Mail
Due to the spread of Covid-19, the General Election in Maryland will have expanded mail-in ballot options in order to give voters options to protect their health. If you plan to vote by mail in the upcoming election, you must request a mail-in ballot. See FAQ's below for more information.

In-Person Voting on Election Day
Voting centers will be open for in person voting on Election Day. You can go to any voting center in your jurisdiction on Election Day. 

Maryland Early Voting

  • Monday, Oct 26 - Monday, Nov 2, 2020.  These dates are subject to change. 
  • Early Voting centers will have same day registration and accessible ballot marking devices.

For the most up-to-date information visit the Maryland State Board of Elections' website.

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If you plan to vote by mail in the upcoming election, you must request a mail-in ballot. 

What is the safest way to vote?
To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, voters are strongly encouraged to use mail-in voting. REQUEST A BALLOT EARLY!  There are three ways you can request a mail-in ballot:

  1. Online if you have a Maryland’s driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card.
  2. Complete and return one of the forms below. Read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment).
  3. Go to your local board of elections and fill out and turn in the form.

Do voters need to request a ballot?
For the 2020 Presidential General Election- Yes. There are three ways you can request a mail-in ballot. See steps listed in previous question.

What is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?

  • Your request for a mail-in ballot (mail and electronic-delivery) must be received by Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

What is the deadline by which voters must mail in their voted ballots?
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated drop box by 8pm on November 3, 2020.

Drop boxes will be monitored by video surveillance and ballots will be picked up at least twice a day. Visit here for drop boxes in Baltimore. 

How do voters know if they are registered to vote?
If you aren't sure if you are registered, or at what address, check your voter registration status by visiting Maryland's voter services site

What kind of identification is required to cast a ballot by mail?
If you are a registered voter and voted before, no identification is required to receive or submit a ballot by mail. A very small number of newly registered voters may need to provide ID with their voted ballots. If you have to provide ID, there will be instructions with your ballot.

Can voters register to vote online?It is possible to register to vote in Maryland elections online, click here to find out more information. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Is identification required to register to vote?
No, but you must provide some information so election officials can verify your identity.

If you use the State Board’s online system to register, you must enter your Maryland driver's license number or Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) issued state ID number, the date MVA issued your license or ID card, and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you reside outside of the United States or are a member of the military or spouse or dependent of a member of the military, you must enter the last 4 digits of your US social security number. If you provide a license or State ID number, your signature on file with the MVA will become your official voter registration signature. If you provide a social security number, it will be used as your official voter registration signature.

If you use the paper application to register, you must also provide your Maryland driver's license number or MVA-issued state ID number if you have one. If you don’t have one, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either number, check box 6c. If you check box 6c, you might be required to show ID before voting for the first time.

How will voters know that their ballots will be counted?
You can check that your ballot was counted by visiting our voter services site. The information will be posted about 10 days after the election.

How do voters update their address?
For instructions on updating your address, please click here. The deadline to update your information is Tuesday, October 13th.

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 Baltimore City changed the deadline to request a mail-in ballot (mail and electronic-delivery). Your request must be received by Oct 20, 2020.

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