General Election 2020

The 2020 general election will take place on November 3, 2020.

How To Vote

Voter Registration Deadline

By Maryland law the deadline to register to vote is October 13, 2020.

Maryland also has same-day voter registration during early voting (October 26 through November 2) and on election day (November 3). Same-day voter registration requires going to an early voting center, or election day voting center, and bringing a document showing proof of residency.  These documents can include a Maryland driver's license or identification card with your current address, a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other official document with your name and address.

Voter Registration Steps

You can check your registration status here  and register to vote online here.

Mail-In Voting

Any registered Maryland voter may vote by mail-in ballot. You don't need a reason to vote by mail. It's simply another way to vote.

Every registered Maryland voter will be mailed a mail-in ballot application during the week of August 24, 2020 to August 31, 2020.  In order to receive a mail-in ballot, you must complete this application and deliver it to your local board of elections. Your request must be received (not postmarked) by Tuesday, October 20, 2020. 

You can return your voted mail-in ballot via one of two options: Mail or Drop-off:

Mail Option

  • You can mail in your voted mail-in ballot to your local board of elections office
  • If you mail your ballot, the envelope must be postmarked on or before election day, November 3, 2020. The mailed ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 a.m. on November 13, 2020.

Drop-off Option

  • You can hand deliver your voted ballot to your local board of elections office, an early voting center, or an election-day voting center.  
  • In addition, the State Board of Elections expects to deploy ballot drop-off boxes for the general election. You can simply drop off your voted ballot in these drop-off boxes.
    • Ballot Drop-off Boxes (Not Yet Announced)
  • If you hand deliver your ballot, you must deliver it to your local board of elections, a voting center, or a ballot drop-off box by 8 pm on election day, November 3, 2020.
    • Please note that due to COVID-19 some board of election offices may be closed, you can contact your local office to check their status here.

In-Person Voting

Early Voting

Early voting centers will be open from October 26, 2020 until Election Day from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. daily.

Note: If you request a mail-in ballot and decide to vote in person, you will have to vote a provisional ballot. 

Election-day Voting

Election-day voting centers will be open on November 3, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. These election-day voting centers will include the early voting centers previously used during early voting, as well as such additional voting centers designated by the local boards of election and approved by the State Board of Elections.  

Note: If you request a mail-in ballot and decide to vote in person, you will have to vote a provisional ballot. 

How to Vote Summary:

Registration

Check your registration status here  and register to vote online here by Tuesday Oct. 13

Mail-In Voting

Where to apply for mail-in ballots: 

Deadline to request mail-in ballots: Tuesday Oct. 20

Where to mail your voted mail-in ballot: 

  • Your local board of elections office (Must be Postmarked: Nov. 3)

Where to hand deliver your voted mail-in ballot:

  • Your local board of elections office (Some offices may be closed due to COVID-19)
  • An early voting center (Oct. 22 - Nov. 2)
  • An election-day voting center (By 8pm Nov. 3)
  • A ballot drop box (By 8pm Nov. 3)

In Person Voting

Early In-Person Voting Dates: Oct. 22 - Nov. 2

General Election Date: Nov. 3

Don’t forget, if you are not currently incarcerated, you can and should vote!