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Maryland is the only state where'd you WANT to have a "Crabby Day"... Oh, don't give us that look, you liked that joke. But you know what's not a joke? Elections! Case in point, that one time you had one where it came down to 17 (!!!) votes. Don't let elections be decided by margins that inspire cardiac arrests! Here's all the info you need before you head to the polls this year! Oh and don't forget the Old Bay!

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Key Dates

Oct 18

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 27 – Nov 8

Same Day Voter Registration

Oct 27 – Nov 3

Early Voting Period

Oct 20

Recommended Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 1

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (mail or fax)

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (in person))

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (postmarked)

Nov 8

Election Day

Maryland Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Yes! But why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit:

    Register here
  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! You can request your ballot be mailed to you at home, fill it out, then mail it back. You must request it by November 1st and postmark it by November 8th. You can request your ballot here.

    Request here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote early between October 27th and November 3rd. Early voting centers will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

    Find your early voting center
  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

    Get the Details
  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day. You can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place


Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Maryland. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When registering to vote…

  • Military voters can now register and apply for absentee ballots online.
  • Colleges are now equipped to help their students create voting plans. (Make sure to book an appointment for a time that you won’t oversleep.)
  • It’s now easier for incarcerated persons to register to vote.

When making a plan to vote…

  • The absentee voting list is now permanent and opt-in, so you can choose to vote by mail for all future elections if you so prefer.
  • Early voting centers are much more widely available and focus on accessibility to low-income and minority communities.
  • Early voting centers must be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm each day (an earlier start than in the past – buy your local poll workers a coffee.)

When casting your vote…

  • Drop boxes are more accessible to voters than before, so consider making them a part of your voting plan.


  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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