MARYLAND

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
  • Voters may register after the deadline at their voting location during early voting.
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018. Same day registration available until November 1, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018
  • If registering online, the application must be submitted by 9 p.m. the night of the registration deadline.

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Maryland’s voter registration form asks for your Maryland driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

If you choose to register at an early voting location you must provide a document that proves your address. This can be a:

  • Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID card,
  • Change of address card,
  • Paycheck,
  • Bank statement,
  • Utility bill, or
  • Other government document with your name and address on it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You do not need any ID to vote early or on Election Day in Maryland. The exception is for first-time voters who registered by mail or during a voter registration drive and did not provide a Maryland driver’s license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number on their registration. Acceptable identification includes Maryland-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards and student ID cards. For a full list of valid forms of identification, visit www.elections.state.md.us/voting/election_day_questions.html.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Maryland voters can vote using an absentee ballot. Request a ballot through the state’s online portal, by printing and filling out a request form and mailing it to your local board of elections, or by physically going to your local board of elections to fill out a request form in-person.
  • If you wish to receive your absentee ballot through the mail or by fax, you must request it by the Tuesday before Election Day. If you wish to receive your absentee ballot by downloading it from the State Board of Elections website, you must request it by the Friday by Election Day.
  • Completed ballots returned by mail, must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your local board of elections by 10 a.m. 10 days after Election Day. Hand delivered ballots must be received by your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Early voting begins the second Saturday before Election Day and ends the Thursday before Election Day. Early voting centers are open from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in a presidential general election and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all other elections.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Maryland affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • You are only permitted to register to vote in Maryland if you are a resident, which may affect your driver’s license and vehicle registration. For more information, you may wish to contact the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Maryland legal professional.

Last updated June 2018