Who Can Register to Vote in Maryland?
- Be at least 16 years old; however, to vote you must be 18 years old on or before the General Election, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a resident of Maryland.
- Not be under court-ordered ineligibility to vote due to mental disability.
- Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes.
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or, if so, have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment.
Guidance for students enrolled in a Maryland institution of higher education is from the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
How Do I Register?
- Register online if you have a valid Maryland driver’s license or Maryland-issued identification card; or
- Download a voter registration application (English or Spanish) in PDF format, complete and sign it, and return the original by mail or in person to the Board of Elections (address on the back of the form); or
- Obtain a form in person from the Board of Elections, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), county libraries, offices such as the Departments of Health or Social Services, and U.S. post offices. See list of registration application sites – Where Do I Register? (Note: These locations may not be available due to COVID-19 closures); or
- Call the Board of Elections at 240-777-8500 (Braille applications are available); or
- Register and vote the same day during early voting (October 26-November 2, 2020) or on General Election Day, November 3, 2020. You must bring identification that proves where you live. More information. Note: It is best to register by the voter registration deadline (October 13, 2020), but you can register and vote the same day at in-person voting on election day voting if you bring verifiable identification.
How Often Do I Have To Register?
In Maryland, your voter registration is permanent as long as you keep your Maryland address current.
Keep Your Registration Up To Date
If you move, change your name, or wish to change your party affiliation you must complete a new voter registration application. All registered voters are required to keep their voter registration information current. This includes changes of name or address. Maryland law requires voters to notify their respective elections office of these changes within 30 days.
Why Is It Important To Keep My Address Up To Date?
Moving from one address to another even within Montgomery County may mean that you are in a different election district for congressional races (U.S. House of Representatives), legislative races (Maryland State Senators and Delegates), County Council, and Board of Education. See Election Maps. Keeping your address up to date with the Board of Elections means you will receive the correct ballot with candidates who represent your new residence.
In addition, for the November 3, 2020, General Election every active voter will be sent an application to request an absentee ballot. If your address is not up to date you may not receive this.
Should I Register With A Party?
Party affiliation is your choice. Party affiliation is important in the Primary Election in Maryland because only registered Republicans can vote for Republican candidates and only registered Democrats can vote for Democratic candidates. Voters who are affiliated with other parties or have no party affiliation (Unaffiliated) can vote only for the nonpartisan Board of Education offices in the Primary Election. In the November General Election, all registered voters may vote for any candidate or ballot issue.
Confirmation of Voter Registration, Change of Name, Address, Party Affiliation
- You are not registered to vote until you receive a Voter Notification Card from the Board of Elections.
- Changes to your voter registration are not effective until you receive a new Voter Notification Card.
- If you have not received a card within three (3) weeks of sending in your voter registration application, please call the office at (240) 777-8500. The voter notification card includes your name, address, party affiliation, polling place location, and respective election districts.