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Key Dates and Deadlines

Tuesday, October 13th: Voter Registration Deadline
Saturday, October 20th: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline
Monday, October 26th: Early Voting Begins
Tuesday, November 3rd: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date
Tuesday, November 3rd: In-Person Voting

Register to Vote

Tuesday, October 13th: Voter Registration Deadline

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Tuesday, October 20th: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline

Tuesday, November 3rd: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date

1. Request an absentee ballot. Print it out, sign it and mail the request form back to your county board of elections.

2. Receive your ballot in the mail.

3. Fill your ballot out. You can mail it back or deliver it in person to your local county elections board.

Early In-Person Voting

Early voting will be held from Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 2, 2020. Early voting centers will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

In-person Voting

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I do not have a valid ID?
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: copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or 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.

Can someone else drop off my ballot in early voting?
You must hand deliver your ballot to a local board of elections during early voting or on Election Day. You can also mail in your ballot but make sure the envelope is envelope is postmarked on or before general election day (November 3, 2020). Your voted ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 am on November 13, 2020.

What if I miss the October 13th deadline to register?
You can also register to vote on election day, but to make the process quicker you are encouraged to register before Election Day. If you can't register by that date: go to an early voting center in the county where you live during early voting, or go to an election day voting center (PDF) (EXCEL) in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live.