VOTING & ELECTIONS
COVID-19 has led to many changes. These changes have been made to ensure Maryland voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote while also safeguarding the public’s health during this pandemic. We will continue to update this page as election details are finalized.
On July 8, 2020, Governor Hogan instructed the State Board of Elections to conduct a “normal” election. This is a shift from the primary where active eligible voters were automatically mailed ballot. For the general election, voters will be mailed ballot request application forms that must be completed and returned in order to receive a mail-in ballot. All in-person voting option will also be open during the early voting period and on Election Day.
2020 General Election
To try and slow the spread of COVID-19, all eligible active Maryland voters are encouraged to REQUEST a mail-in ballot in order to vote by mail. Mail-in ballot applications have been mailed to all voters and include a return envelope with prepaid postage. The sooner your request is received, the better. Ballots will start to go out to voters who submitted requests on September 24th.
The Maryland voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13th.
- To register to vote online by October 13th, click here.
- To confirm your registration information is up to date, click here.
- If you have a felony conviction, but are not currently incarcerated – you have the right to vote in this election.
- People who are currently incarcerated (in pre-trial detention or convicted of a misdemeanor) ARE eligible to vote in elections. Visit Out for Justice’s valuemyvote.today for more information.
Please Note: If you are an eligible voter who missed the registration deadline, same-day registration is available at all in-person voting centers during the early voting period and on Election Day.
VOTING BY MAIL
Requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by October 20th.
- To request you mail-in ballot using the online request form, click here.
- If you do not have a state ID, you can use a paper request form. The form is available for download in English and Spanish.
- Mail-in ballot request forms (applications) have been mailed to all voters. If you plan on using that form to make your request, use the return envelope and mail your request in ASAP.
- To watch a video covering how to request a mail-in ballot, click here.
- To confirm your request for a mail-in ballot has been received, click here.
Please note: if you request your ballot be delivered to you electronically (via email), you need to able to print and provide your own return envelope and postage to submit that ballot. These ballots cannot be returned by email (your vote will not be counted). We recommend using this option only if you need to use an electronic ballot marking device.
We recommend requesting a ballot to vote in the general election. If you choose to vote in person, we encourage you to vote early.
Early voting will be available from Monday, Oct. 26th to Monday, Nov. 2nd. These locations will be open from 7am to 8pm. Voters can go to any location in their county to vote.
- To view the list of early voting locations in your county, click here.
- To search early voting centers by county, click here.
Don’t wait until Election Day to vote. If you must vote on Tuesday, November 3rd, you need to be on line to vote by 8pm. Go early if you can.
- To view the list of Election Day vote centers in your county, click here.
- To search voting locations by county, click here.
Please note: voters choosing to vote in-person should wear masks and practice social-distancing.
VOTING & SUBMITTING YOUR BALLOT
- Ballots for this election will start to be mailed to voters who submitted requests on Sept. 24th.
- When you receive your ballot, fill in the oval to the left of your candidate choice.
- For nonpartisan candidate and ballot measure information, visit vote411
- After voting your ballot, seal, sign and date the oath on the return envelope using a black pen.
- We recommend returning your voted ballot using a secure drop box. For a list of locations in your county, click here.
- To search ballot drop-off boxes by county, click here.
- If returning your voted ballot by mail, send no later than Oct. 27th to allow a full week for delivery (avoiding any delays). No stamp is required.
- Make sure your ballot is not rejected! Sign the return envelope and make sure your ballot is postmarked on or before November 3rd (by 8pm).
- To track your voted ballot, click here.
HAVE PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT VOTING?
Contact your local election board: full list here
If election officials can’t assist, call the nonpartisan hotline:
Asian & Pacific languages: 888-API-VOTE
American Sign Language video: 301-818-VOTE
or text OUR VOTE to 97779
You can also contact Common Cause MD directly at 443-906-0442