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ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE

Our Election Protection Hotline (443-399-3229) for Maryland voters is open now through when polls close on Election Day, which is November 3, 2020 at 8 p.m. Please leave a voicemail or send a text and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.


2020 GENERAL ELECTION

The General Election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and will be here before you know it. The election will include so much mail-in voting and will likely take weeks before we find out the results. Get ready by checking things off this list today:

For the 2020 General Election, you can:

  • Vote in person during early voting;
  • Vote on Election Day; or
  • Vote by mail.

Key Dates:

  • September 28 – November 2: Drop boxes open across the state to drop off your voter registration application, application for mail-in ballot, and your completed ballot (once you receive it in October)
  • October 13: Deadline to register to vote (must be postmarked Oct. 13 if registering by mail; or register online by 9pm Oct. 13)
  • October 20: Deadline to request a mail-in ballot (must be received by the State Board of Elections by Oct. 20)
  • October 26 – November 2: Early voting at voting centers across the state (7am-8pm every day)
  • November 2: Last day to bring your ballot to the drop box (by 8pm)
  • November 3: Deadline to mail in your ballot (must be postmarked by Nov 3)
  • November 3: Election Day! Voting centers open across the state from 7am-8pm

Key Forms Related to Voting:

  • Maryland Voter Registration Application: To register to vote if you aren’t registered already, and to change your address, name, party affiliation, etc.
  • Application for Mail-In Ballot: To request a mail-in ballot be mailed to you.
  • Ballot: To cast your vote for President, other elected officials, and questions on the ballot.

Voting Locations:


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO VOTE BY MAIL

To vote by mail, Maryland residents must be registered to vote and request a mail-in ballot. Applications for a mail-in ballot were already mailed to everyone who was registered to vote before August 6, and should be received in late August or early September. For people who registered after August 6, you will receive an application for a mail-in ballot later in September or October depending on when you registered to vote.

REGISTER TO VOTE

When: Now!
Options:

  1. Register to vote online.
  2. Print application from SBE website and either mail it (or bring to a drop box starting 9/28).
  3. Apply in person at most government offices1.
  4. Call your local Board of Elections or SBE to have a voter registration application mailed to you.
  5. You can register to vote at a voting center during early voting and on election day.

Deadlines: The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 13 (postmarked by Oct 13 or by 9 p.m. on Oct 13 if applying online) or you can register in person at a voting center during early voting or on election day.

CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION TO MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESS AND OTHER INFO IS CORRECT

When: Now!
Options: Online, or call your local Board of Election or SBE

  • If you need to make a change, click the link that says “Update Your Info Online” or go here.

Deadlines: The deadline to change voter registration information online is October 13.

REQUEST A MAIL-IN BALLOT

When: Now!
Options:

  • Check your mail: If you were registered to vote before August 6 at your current address, and hadn’t already requested a ballot online for the General Election, you should receive an application in the mail around August 28-September 4 (depending on where you live). A pre-paid return envelope will also be included.
  • If you registered after August 6, you will receive an application for a mail-in ballot later in September or October depending on when you registered to vote.
  • If you don’t receive an application in the mail, you can:

Tips for filling out the application for a mail-in ballot:

  • The section that says “Your current address” is your address where you are registered to vote (if you’re not sure, look yourself up online);
  • The section called “How do you want to receive your ballot”,
    • check the first option “U.S. Mail (Preferred)” to have your ballot mailed to you (for reasons explained on the form, we suggest you avoid the internet and fax options if you can); and then either
      • check “Same as above” to have your ballot mailed to the same address where you are registered, or
      • check “The address below” if you want your ballot mailed to another address, and then put the full address where you want your ballot to be mailed.

Deadline: All applications for a mail-in ballot must be received by SBE by October 20, so leave plenty of time before then if you’re sending your application by mail.

IF YOU ALREADY REQUESTED YOUR BALLOT ONLINE

Go online to verify that your application has been processed by looking yourself up using the “Voter Lookup” page and then click where it says “Status of My Mailed-in or Provisional Ballots.” If it says “Application Received”, you do not need to send in the paper application to request your ballot.

Then, look for your ballot in the mail in October!

PHONE NUMBERS FOR LOCAL BOARDS OF ELECTIONS

Allegany: 301-777-5931
Anne Arundel: 410-222-6600
Baltimore City: 410-396-5550
Baltimore County: 410-887-5700
Calvert: 410-535-2214
Caroline: 410-479-8145
Carroll: 410-386-2080
Cecil: 410-996-5310
Charles: 301-934-8972
Dorchester: 410-228-2560
Frederick: 301-600-8683
Garrett: 301-334-6985
Harford: 410-638-3565
Howard: 410-313-5820
Kent: 410-778-0038
Montgomery: 240-777-8500
Prince George's: 301-341-7300
Queen Anne's: 410-758-0832
St Mary's: 301-475-4200 x. 71614
Somerset: 410-651-0767
Talbot: 410-770-8099
Washington: 240-313-2050
Wicomico: 410-548-4830
Worcester: 410-632-1320
State Board of Elections: 410-269-2840


1You may complete a voter registration application in person at:

IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the offices listed above may not be open to the public, or may have reduced hours or require an appointment. Please check with these offices before going there to complete a voter registration application.