All Maryland voters, including those with a felony conviction, can cast a ballot ahead of Election Day
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland voters can make their voices heard in the November 8 midterm election beginning this Thursday, October 27 through Thursday, November 3. This includes individuals who are eligible to vote but have not yet registered and those who have a felony conviction and are not incarcerated. Maryland offers eligible voters 89 voting centers statewide, open from 7am to 8pm, including weekends.
“In a strong and healthy democracy, every voter’s voice is heard, and every voice counts equally,” said Joanne Antoine, Common Cause Maryland executive director. “Early voting improves access for all hardworking voters, especially for our first responders, nurses, and teachers who can’t always make it to the polls on Election Day. We want to encourage everyone to vote early and all the way down the ballot so we all have a say in what happens in our communities.”
Additionally, Marylanders who are currently incarcerated (in pre-trial detention or convicted of a misdemeanor) are eligible to vote in the 2022 election. Correctional facilities will distribute election related materials to ensure eligible voters can vote using the mail-in voting process while incarcerated.
To register as a voter and cast a ballot during the early voting period, Marylanders can go to any voting center in the county where they live and bring a document that proves residency in the county. That document could be:
- MVA-issues license;
- ID card;
- Change of address card;
- Bank statement;
- Utility bill; or
- Other government-issued document with the eligible voter’s name and new address.
Nationally in 2020, the electorate broke early voting records with nearly 70% of voters casting a ballot by mail and/or before Election Day. Breaking that figure down, about 43% of voters cast ballots by mail, and another 26% voted in person ahead of Election Day. The 2020 election was the highest rate of nontraditional voting for a presidential election, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In Maryland in 2020, 33% of voters cast a ballot early.
For a list of early voting locations by county, click here.
To learn more about early voting in Maryland, click here.