Vote Your Values Election Toolkit

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Voter Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

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 pre-register to vote in Maryland

●      At the age of 16

  • Further, under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Mail-In Voting Act, military voters and voters who live outside the U.S. can vote by mail-in ballot. Click here if you are a military voter or click here if you live outside of the U.S. to learn more about mail-in voting.  

I’m registered to vote, what are my options in casting my ballot?

You choose how you want to receive your absentee/mail-in ballot. The absentee/mail-in ballot is essentially the same form.  Election officials can mail or fax your ballot to you, or you can download your ballot from the State's website.
When you request a ballot, you pick how you want to receive your ballot. If you want to download your ballot, make sure you provide your email address.
Ballots are sent or posted to the website about 3 weeks before an election. If you want to download your ballot, they will send you an email when your ballot is ready. The email will include a link where you can print your ballot and instructions.
If you would like your ballot delivered to you electronically or want your ballot mailed to a different address, please submit a request. You can submit a request online or via paper form. If you use a paper form, read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email.

I’m not Registered to Vote

If you are not registered to vote or do not know if you are registered to vote, use the online voter look-up to find out. If you are not registered to vote, find out how to register to vote.

Click here to Register to Vote and receive a Mail-in ballot

  • To Register through your mobile phone, text “vote” to 777-88 on your mobile phone 


Can I vote if I've been convicted of a felony or have a past criminal conviction?

Laws around voting eligibility relating to criminal record vary by state. Click the link for additional information on your eligibility to vote http://elections.maryland.gov or call 410-269-2840.

Deadlines

What is the deadline to register to vote? 


The deadline depends on how you want to receive your ballot.  Your request must be received (not just mailed) by:

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax.

●      Friday, October 30, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State's website.

For the 2020 General Election only:

If you hand deliver your request for a mail-in ballot to the board of elections and the ballots are ready, you may pick up your ballot.  You may then take your mail-in ballot with you and return it by mail, or you can take it to your local board office and give it to an election official. Please visit your local board of elections' website for instructions and hours of operation.


If you miss the deadline but still want to vote by mail-in ballot, you or your agent must apply in person at your local board of elections.  

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