State of Maryland Voting Requirements


U.S. Domestic Voters


You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

Any voter can both register and vote at an early voting center located in their county. For times and locations check with your county.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

You are eligible to vote in Maryland if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Maryland
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Maryland if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony
  • You were convicted of buying or selling votes

You may preregister to vote in Maryland

  • At the age 16

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Maryland if:

  • You reside in Maryland but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Maryland

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Maryland you should provide one of the following:

  • Learner's Permit
  • Your Maryland Driver's License Number
  • Your Maryland ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you are registering for the first time by mail and can not be identified by the ID information you provided, you will need to provide proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:

  • ID Card
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Valid Driver's License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • Change of Address Card
  • Current Utility Bill or Pay Check or Bank Statement

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in Maryland, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Utility Bill
  • Valid Employee ID
  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Government Check
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid ID Issued by the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Highway Safety, etc.
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid Maryland Driver's License
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid Maryland Issued ID

Statements, checks and bills should be dated no earlier than 90 days before Election Day.

Domestic Voter

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Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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