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 next General Election.
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a resident of Maryland.
- Not be under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote.
- Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes.
- Not be currently serving a sentence of imprisonment for a felony conviction.
Guidance for students enrolled in a Maryland institution of higher education is available 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?; or
- Text VOTE to 77788. or
- Call the Board of Elections at 240-777-8500 (Braille applications are available); or
- Register and vote the same day during early voting or on Election Day. You must bring identification that proves where you live. More information.
Note: It is best to register by the voter registration deadline to avoid potential delays due to long lines, 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
Maryland law requires voters to notify their respective elections office of changes to their name or address within 30 days. Voters can also change their party affiliation. Any of these changes can be made using the voter application methods outlined in the "How Do I Register" section above. The application form should be completely filled out using the new name, address or party affiliation, while checking the box for what information is new and filling in at the bottom what the previous name or address were, if applicable.
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), and County Council. 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.
New Election Districts in 2022
New districts based on the 2020 census will be in effect for the 2022 election. Go to Voter Lookup to find your voting district for 1) Congressional District - for U.S. Representatives in Congress, 2) Legislative District - State Senator and Delegates, 3) County Council District, and 4) Board of Education District. Your assigned precinct polling place is also printed on the back of your official Sample Ballot, just above your address.
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 can be certain you are registered to vote when you receive a Voter Notification Card from the Board of Elections but if you have not received or cannot find your card, you can verify your registration using Voter Lookup on the State Board of Elections website.
- Any changes to your voter registration will be noted on a new Voter Notification Card. The voter notification card includes your name, address, party affiliation, polling place location, and respective election districts.
- If you have not received a card within three (3) weeks after submitting a new voter registration application or updating your registration information, please call the office at (240) 777-8500.
- Montgomery County Board of Elections, Voter Registration - Frequently Asked Questions
- Maryland State Board of Elections, Voter Registration