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Election 2020: Eligibility & Registration

A guide to resources about voting in the 2020 election.

About Eligibility and Requirements

In order to vote you must meet certain eligibility criteria and requirements.

  • Voter registration deadlines are determined by the date of the election.
  • April 7, 2020, for the Presidential Primary Election
  • October 13, 2020, for the Presidential General Election
  • Guidelines
  • Election Calendar

You can also register to vote during early voting

Eligibility

Requirements for Registration in Maryland:

  • Age: At least 16 (You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election),
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: if you have been convicted of a felony, you are eligible to register to vote once you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment,
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen,
  • Residence: A Maryland Resident,
  • College students: you may register at your school address only if you consider this address to be your “official” or “permanent” home.

 

Check to see if you are already registered 

More information on Maryland voter eligibility

ID Requirements

Online Registration
In addition to basic identifying information, federal law requires that you provide on your voter registration application a Maryland driver’s license number or MVA ID Card number or, if you do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, the last four digits of your social security number. Your application will NOT be processed unless you provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card, or social security number.

Mail-in Registration
For mail-in registration you must provide one of the documents listed on the form:

  • Driver’s license or MVA ID number, OR
  • Last four digits of Social Security number

Late Registration

You can also register to vote during early voting. Go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

Registration

Online registration

In addition to basic identifying information, federal law requires that you provide on your voter registration application a Maryland driver’s license number or MVA ID Card number or, if you do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, the last four digits of your social security number. Your application will NOT be processed unless you provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card, or social security number.

Online registration form (in English and Spanish)

Mail-in registration

Printable registration form (in English)

Printable registration form (in Spanish)

Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.

Choosing a political party:

You have the option to register with any of Maryland’s recognized political parties. If you choose not to register with a party, you will be registered as “unaffiliated.”     

Changing Registration

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form or the online registration system.

Cancelling registration

You do not need to cancel your registration if you move within Maryland.  You may cancel your registration by contacting the county board of elections.

Maryland Local Boards of Elections

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