Time off for voting
Every voter may take two hours off work so long as the employee does not have two hours of continuous off-duty during the time that the polls are open.
2014 Events Calendar
|Statewide Primary Election||June 24,2014|
|General Election||November 4,2014|
Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
Do I need to present identification when I vote?
Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting. If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:
A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or
A 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 you moved less than 3 weeks before the election, you may vote at the polling place for your old address or vote a provisional ballot at your new address. If you find the polling place for your new address is, use the polling place search on our voter services site .
In a general election, you can write-in the name of a candidate, but in a primary election, you cannot. Instructions on how to cast a write-in vote and a listing of the filed write-in candidates will be posted at the early voting centers and at your polling place on election day.
When you go vote, you can wear clothing, buttons or stickers with political messages, but you must leave the early voting center or polling place immediately after voting.
If you want to vote during early voting or on election day, find out where you can vote.
During early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live. All early voting centers are open from 10 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays. Early voting centers are open on Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.
On election day, vote at the polling place for your home address between 7 am and 8 pm.
Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
You have the option to register with any of Maryland's recognized political parties. If you do not choose to register with a party, you will be considered as "Unaffiliated." If registered as unaffiliated, you will generally not be able to vote in primary elections, but you will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary election held in your jurisdiction, such as a primary election to select nominees for the board of education. To update your address before the next election, please submit a voter registration application or written notice with your new address at least 21 days before the election. If you submit the information after this date, the change cannot be made until after the election and you will have to vote a provisional ballot. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is by 9 p.m. 21 days before the election.
Restoration of Voting Rights in Maryland
- Effective, July 1, 2007, if you have been convicted of a felony and have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction, you are eligible to register to vote.
To register to vote in the State of Maryland, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be at least 16 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
- Be a Maryland resident;
- Not have been found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability;
- Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes;
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, you have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.
Where To Register To Vote?
- The State's Voter Registration Agencies include:
- Your local board of elections;
- The State Board of Elections;
- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
- The Department of Social Services;
- The MTA Paratransit Certification Office;
- All public institutions of higher education;
- Local department of social services units providing Temporary
Cash Assistance, Medicaid, and Food Stamps
- WIC offices
- Local offices of the Maryland Children's Health Program under
the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- All offices primarily engaged in providing State-funded services to individuals with disabilities, including the Maryland Transit Administration Paratransit Certification Office
- Recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States
- Offices on aging
- Offices for students with disabilities at private and public colleges and universities
- The Motor Vehicle Administration
- Marriage license offices of the clerks of court
- Public institutions of higher education
Registration By Mail
- You may print a voter registration application or contact your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections to request an application.
- A voter registration application may be submitted to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections at any time. However, an application must b e postmarked by March 13, 2012, to vote in the Primary Election and October 16, 2012, to vote in the General Election.
- As a student, you may register at your school address only if you consider this address to be your official or permanent home.
That is, if you do not consider your parent's home to be your home and do not intend to return there after school, your school address may be your residence. Before completing the voter registration application, please consider the address listed on the documents described above and, if you receive financial aid from another state or
jurisdiction, you should verify with the appropriate authority whether changing your residency impacts your eligibility for financial aid.
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