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How to register to vote in Maryland

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Some questions - and answers - about how to register to vote in Maryland.

How do I register to vote in Maryland?

You may register to vote by downloading a voter registration application and mailing or bringing it to your local board of elections. It cannot be faxed, emailed or copied because it must have an original signature. You can also use this same form to change your party affiliation.

You may also pick up an application at your local board of elections or any of these places:

  • Your local board of elections
  • The State Board of Elections
  • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • The Department of Social Services
  • The Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Offices on Aging
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office
  • All public institutions of higher education
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Marriage License offices
  • Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities

The application asks for your Maryland Drivers License number or MVA ID card number. If you do not have either of these, you may put the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number you must affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have any of these documents. If you have these documents, but do not know the numbers, you should not affirm that you do not have them.

Must I choose a party affiliation when I register to vote?

No. However, you will not be able to vote in a primary election. Maryland's primaries are closed, meaning that only voters registered in a party may vote in its primary. To add or change your party affiliation you must fill out a new voter registration application.

Do I have to re-register to vote if I move within Maryland?

No. You should contact your new local board of elections and notify them of your change of address. You may use a voter registration application to inform the board of elections of your address change, but you may also write a signed letter. If you complete a change of address form for the MVA in Maryland your new address will automatically be sent to your local board of elections (unless you indicate that you do not want it sent).

How many days before an election or primary must I register to vote?

Your application must be received by your local board of elections 21 days prior to the election. After your application has been reviewed and you are deemed qualified to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail. If you do not receive your card withing three weeks after submitting an application, you should contact your local board of elections.

Who is qualified to vote in Maryland?

To register to vote in Maryland you must be a U.S. citizen and a Maryland resident who will be 18 years old on or before the next general election. Convicted felons who have served their sentences as well as any parole or probation may vote in Maryland. However, anyone convicted of buying or selling votes and those under guardianship for mental disabilities may not vote in Maryland.

If you are an expatriate, military personnel or the dependent of military personnel living outside the U.S. and your current or last U.S. residence was in Maryland, you may register to vote in Maryland, using a Maryland voter registration application.

You may register to vote if you're at least 16 years of age, but you cannot vote unless you are 18 at the time of the general election.

If I am a student from out of state attending a Maryland college, can I vote in Maryland?

You must be a Maryland resident to vote in Maryland, and generally college students are considered residents of wherever they lived prior to enrolling in school. To register to vote in another state use the National Voter Registration Form.

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