Elections Questions & Answers

When May I Register To Vote?

You can register to vote year round. Except, 21 days before and 10 days after an Election. Applications will be accepted but not processed during the above mentioned times.

Where Can I Obtain A Voter Registration Application?

You may download a Form from the elections website.

Voter registration applications received while the voter rolls are closed are processed when voter registration reopens.

Your precinct, ward, and polling location can be found on your voter resistration card. If you do not have your card and need further information you may call the Baltimore City Board Of Elections or the jurisdiction in which you live and have registered to vote.

NOTE: YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A VOTER NOTIFICATION CARD FROM THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

The voter notification card includes your name, address, party affiliation, polling place location, and respective election districts.

Voter Registration Applications can also be obtained at:  

  • The Baltimore City Board of Elections Office   
  • Local Post Offices 
  • Libraries   
  • The Motor Vehicle Administration 
  • City Government Agencies
  • All Public Assistance Offices
  • Any Office Providing State-Funded Programs

If I Am Not Able To Go To The Polls On Election Day, How Can I Vote?

Due to illness, school, work, vacation, etc. you may be unable to appear in person at the polls, you can apply for an absentee ballot (more information on absentee voting) or go to any early voting location in your jurisdiction during early voting.

How Do I Change My Address, Name, Party Affiliation, Or Update My Record?

As a registered voter you are obligated to keep your voter registration records current. All changes must be in writing. All changes can be made at anytime when the books for registration are open. The registration books are closed on the twenty fourth day preceding an Election and reopen on the eleventh day following that election. (§ 3-302 of the Registration and Election Laws of Maryland.)

Registration is permanent as long as you keep your registration records current in the jurisdiction in which you reside. A Voter Registration Card will be mailed to you after the Board of Elections has received and processed your application or any changes of your name, address, or party affiliation.

This card will reflect your precinct, ward, Congressional, Legislative, and Council Districts, and polling location. To receive a duplicate card you may apply in person or by mail. A duplicate card is $1.00. If requested by mail you must include postage or a self- addressed stamped envelope or the current postage rate.

How do I update my name and address?

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.

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. 

What Do I Do To Become A Voter Registration Volunteer? 

Voter registration distributors offer people the opportunity to register to vote, distribute voter registration applications, assist people with completing voter registration applications, and return completed applications to the county election office.

To be a voter registration distributor, you must be 18 years of age or older. You will receive training on how to complete Maryland's voter registration application and ensure that the application is completed and accurate and information about the State's identification requirements. At the conclusion of the training, you must sign an affidavit that you will act according to the training and regulations and will receive a certificate identifying you as a voter registration volunteer.

As a voter registration distributor, you must advise each individual that he or she has the option to return the application personally to the Baltimore City Board of Elections office or permit you to return the application on the individual's behalf and must return completed voter registration applications promptly to the Baltimore City Election office. You may not receive compensation on a per registrant basis for voter registration activity.

If you are interested in serving as a voter registration distributor you and your group must be certified. 

You can do this at the Baltimore City Board of Elections Office Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. 

For a group of 10 or more you can call to make a special appointment for an evening training at the Board of Elections Office or at your church, community hall etc. (When the Registration Books are closed there is no voter registration training.  To do this email [email protected] with the date, location, contact person and phone number.

Voter Registration Outreach

If interested in having the Board of Elections attend an event to conduct voter registration and/or voting machine demonstration please send an email to [email protected]In this email should be the name of the organization, date of event, time of event, contact name and phone number of individual that will be the primary contact.

How Do I Become An Election Judge?

To become an election judge you must be a registered voter in the State of Maryland. Democratic and Republicans are accepted first. If the total number of Democrat and Republican Judges can't be fulfilled we will then consider Declines (Independents) and other registered parties to make the quota needed. You must be able to work at least a 14 hour day of work, read, write, speak, and understand the English language. You must also be willing and able to follow instructions concerning the election laws and the overall duties of manning a polling precinct.

The Election Judges who staff the polling places are a very important part of the electoral process. The Election Judges are responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each precinct. Without these individuals it would be impossible to conduct an election.

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Voter Registration Eligibility

Am I eligible to register to vote?

To register to vote, you must be:   

  • A U.S. citizen;   
  • A Maryland resident; and   
  • At least 16 years old*.

You cannot have been:

  • Convicted of buying or selling votes   
  • Found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability
  • Convicted of a felony or if you have, you have completed a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.

*You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.

Can I register to vote if I am in the military or live overseas?

Certain U.S. citizens who live overseas or are in the military are eligible to register and vote in Maryland. If you are an overseas citizen, military personnel, or dependent of military personnel, you may register to vote in Maryland if your current or last U.S. residence was in Maryland. To register, you can use the Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or use the Federal Post Card Application available at www.fvap.gov.

Can I register to vote if I have been convicted of a crime?

Effective March 10, 2016, if you have been convicted of a felony and have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, you are eligible to register to vote.

You are not eligible to vote if you have been convicted of buying or selling votes.