Election Day is just a few weeks away. Are you registered to
Maryland’s deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6
election is next week, Tuesday, Oct. 16. This is the date by which you must
register online, in person, or by mail to be eligible to vote on Nov. 6.
Yes! I am registered to vote.
Great! You can verify your registration at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch or https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/. Make sure that your address is correct because where you live determines where you vote and which local, state, and federal districts you are in.
You can find out where to vote at the county Boards of Elections or at the Maryland State Board of Elections website at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch. Find website, address, and contact information for the Southern Maryland counties’ Boards of Elections below.
The county websites will also tell you how you can volunteer
and train to be an election judge on Election Day.
If you’re registered to vote but would like to change your party affiliation or need to change your address, you can do so online at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1 or by following the instructions below for registering to vote.
No, I am not registered to vote but I want to be.
First things first: According to the state Board of Elections, to be eligible to vote in Maryland, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- A resident of Maryland
- At least 16 years old. (You can register at 16
but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 by the next general election.)
You cannot register to vote if:
- You have been convicted of buying or selling
- You are “under guardianship for mental
disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote”
- You have been convicted of a felony and are
currently serving your court-ordered sentence of imprisonment
Once you’ve established your eligibility, you’ll find that
there are many places you can register to vote. A complete list is on the state
Board of Elections website, but here are a few of the locations you can
- Online: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1
- At state or local Boards of Election offices
- Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offices
- Department of Social Services
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Public colleges
- Armed forces recruitment offices
- Marriage license offices
Find a complete list at https://www.elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/index.html.
On your application, you’ll need to provide basic
identification information and your Maryland license or ID card number.
Registering at Early Voting
If you miss the Oct. 16 deadline, you can also register to
vote in person during early voting. (Find the early voting locations and dates
for your county on the county’s Board of Elections website.) You’ll need to
bring a document (license, utility bill, etc.) that proves where you live.
Getting an Absentee Ballot
Request an absentee ballot online here: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/
Where to Vote
Once you’re registered, you’ll receive a voting card in the mail that will tell you your polling place. If you lose the card, you can find your polling place by entering your address here: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch. The county Boards of Elections websites also offer sample ballots, precinct maps, and lists of polling places.
Southern Maryland Boards of Elections
Address: Community Resources Building, 60 Duke St. – Lower
Level, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-2214, 410-535-1600, 301-855-1243
Address: 201 East Charles St., La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-934-8972 or 301-870-3167, 800-222-VOTE
St. Mary’s County
Address: 41650 Tudor Hall Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-4200 Ext. *1625
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