Maryland Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 17th (by mail)

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Do First Time Voters Need ID?

yes

Do All Voters Need ID?

no

Complete Maryland Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? Yes

 

What forms of ID are acceptable?

A copy of a current and valid photo ID

  • MD driver’s license
  • MVA-issued ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Employee or military ID card
  • US passport
  • Any other State or federal government-issued ID card
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. (Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election)

If a voter needs an acceptable form of ID on election day but does not have one, he or she may cast a provisional ballot. However, the ballot will not be counted unless the voter provides one of the acceptable forms of ID above to their local elections board by the second Wednesday after the election. For more information on the casting a provisional ballot, click here.

Maryland Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Maryland prior to attending school and who wish to establish or keep their Maryland voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. In Maryland, the most important factor in determining voting residence is your intent to make a place your principal home. If you intend to make your Maryland school address your home and you do not intend to move back to wherever you lived before school, you should be able to establish Maryland voting residency—even if you do not necessarily plan on staying in Maryland after graduation. The Maryland Constitution and election code do not define residency, other than to say that you must be a resident on the day you register to vote.

Maryland Ex-Offender Voter Info

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – On Feb. 9, 2016, the Maryland General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto of SB 340 and restored the vote to all convicted felons immediately upon their release from prison. Previously, convicted felons in Maryland had to complete all parole and probation before they were able to vote.
Vote restored after Term of Incarceration.
Non Profit Vote – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, but can register and vote upon release, even while on probation or parole (as of April 2016). Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

Convictions – Individuals who have been convicted of buying or selling votes are no longer eligible to vote. All other convictions, you are eligible to vote upon completion of sentence.