How to Vote in Maryland

Important Deadlines

July 7
Early In-Person Voting Starts
June 12
Deadline to request Absentee Ballot if person wants to receive ballot by mail or fax
July 14
Last Day for Early Voting
Juy 19 @ 8:00PM
Deadline for Mail-In Ballots
July 19
ELECTION DAY

How do I vote?

1. Go to your election location and check in.
2. An election judge will give you a paper ballot and a pen.
3. Mark your paper ballot by filling in the ovals next to your selections.
4. Review your selections.
5. Insert your marked ballot into the ballot scanner.
6. If the ballot scanner sees an error on your ballot, it will notify you and give your ballot back.
7. The ballot scanner will count your selections and your ballot will automatically drop into the locked ballot box.

For written instructions, see this PDF.
Or for visual instructions, open this video.

What hours are the polls open?

Polling hours are from 7:00am until 8:00pm. Anyone in line at 8:00pm will be allowed to vote.

I have moved recently or missed an election, how do I make sure I receive a ballot?

You can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) to update your name and address or you can notify the local board of elections where you currently live if your voter registration information has changed. If you complete a change of address form at the MVA, this information will be sent to your local board of elections for processing, unless you indicate that you do not want to change your voter registration information. You can also send changes on a voter registration application or on any signed written notice.


For the 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election, you can also update your address during early voting. While you can change your address during early voting, we encourage you to make this change before the close of voter registration. Your voting process will be quicker if you update it before this deadline. If you can’t do it before the election, go to an early voting center in the county where you live. An election official will process your change of address.


If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card with your updated information three weeks after you submit information, you should contact the local board of elections where you now live to ensure that your records are up-to-date. You can also verify whether the local board of elections has your new information by visiting our voter service website.

What should I do if I move to another county within the State or to Baltimore City?

You can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or immediately provide your new address to the local board of elections in your new jurisdiction.

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The form to register to vote has a button to translate between English and Spanish: click here.

I haven't received my ballot in the mail and the election is getting closer! What do I do?

If you haven’t received your ballot yet, you can reach out to the Maryland State Board of Elections or contact your local Board of Elections! They can follow up with you via email status regarding the status of your electronic ballot or mailed ballot.

Find your local the Board of Elections and their contact information here.

Where is my polling place?

You can look up your polling place by entering your address through the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

How do I know if my vote was counted?

Once you submit your ballot, you can visit the Citizen Portal to check if your ballot has been counted. You can also use that same website to:

Review your voter registration record.

Find out where to vote.

Find your voting districts

Find your local board of elections.

See the status of your absentee or provisional ballot.

View your sample ballot.