Guide to Voting

1. Voter registration

Deadline to Register/update: Received By october 13

Link to Application:

2. Check Your registration

Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.

Check and Update Registration Here:

Update Here:


  • Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
  • Correct Address
  • Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
  • Correct Date of Birth
  • Correct Political Party preference

3. Order your mail ballot

Deadline for advance mail ballot application:  Must be received by October 20, 2020 5 pm

 **If you miss this deadline, you may apply in person at your local board of elections.

Find your local board of elections here:

We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.

Request Mail-In Ballot Here:

Mail Ballots may be mailed or delivered by hand to your local board of elections by 8pm on Election Day. You may also take it to an early voting center or a polling place by the time the polls close

Track Your Mail Ballot:

Deadline to Return Absentee mail ballot:  

Mailed: Postmarked on or before nov 3, and received by 10am on november 13, 2020

Hand-delivered: no later than november 3, 2020

Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:

Maryland has a Surrender Rule. Voters have the option of dropping vote-by-mail ballots at anypolling place at a receptacle provided. Vote-by-mail voters who received their ballots but had notreturned it can exchange it for a regular ballot. Only voters who poll workers find have alreadycast the mail-in ballot (by checking their records) will be issued a provisional ballot.


If a local board has received a voted vote-by-mail ballot from a voter and the voter appears to vote at a voting center, the voter will receive a provisional ballot. A local board shall provide a receptacle to accept voted vote-by-mail ballots from voters. Most other voters will receive a regular ballot and use the voting equipment. This includes voters who have received but have not returned their vote-by-mail ballots and voters who surrender their vote-by-mail ballots at the voting center.

    4. Early voting information

    • Early voting is available October 22, 2020 – October 29, 2020 the second Thursday prior to Election Day through the Thursday prior to Election Day.
    • The State Board and local election officials work together to designate early voting centers. The number of centers per county is dependent on the number of residents in that county. Each early voting center will be open from 8AM to 8PM on each day of early voting during presidential general elections, and from 10AM-8PM during all other elections.
    • For the 2020 Presidential General Election, you can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. See a list of the 2020 Presidential General Election early voting sites (PDF)
    • For more information regarding early voting in Maryland visit:
    • For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: or contact Maryland State Board of Elections by email: or phone: 410.269.2840.

      5. Be a poll worker

      • Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
      • Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or over) in their county

      Sign Up Here:

      6. Additional Questions?


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