Vote By Mail
Mail-in Voting: Information and Instructions for the 2022 Elections
Important Note: A recent change in the law requires the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as "mail-in ballots" and absentee voting as "mail-in voting." Please note that this change in terminology does NOT change the process of mail-in voting.
To vote by mail you must first fill out and return a Vote By Mail Ballot Application. You can download an application or pick one up from the Board of Elections.
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How To Vote By Mail
After you receive your ballot, vote the ballot and return it to our office before or by 8:00 pm on election day. A ballot received by the city board of elections will be counted provided:
- It has been received prior to the closing of the polls on election day; or
- It was mailed from a location within the United States before election day, bearing a postmark verifying that fact, and the ballot is received from the postal service by 4 pm on the Wednesday following election day; or\
- It was mailed from a location outside the United States before election day, bearing a postmark verifying that fact, and the ballot is received from the postal service by 4 pm on the second Friday following election day. (not applicable following a Gubernatorial Primary)
Late Application For A Vote By Mail Ballot
Beginning on the Wednesday preceding the election, through the closing of the polls on election day, a registered voter or the voter's duly authorized agent may apply in person for a Vote By Mail ballot at the office of the local board if the voter:
Use Of An Agent
A qualified applicant may designate an agent to pick up and deliver the Vote By Mail ballot. The agent:
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- May not be a candidate on the ballot;
- Must be designated in writing by the voter, under penalty of perjury;
- Must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury that the ballot was:
- Delivered to the voter;
- Marked and placed in an envelope by the voter, or with assistance as allow, in the agent's presence; and
- Returned to the local board by the agent (Not later than 8 pm on Election Day).
- Download the Designation of an Agent form in English
- Download the Designation of an Agent form in Spanish
A voter who requires assistance in casting a Vote By Mail ballot by reason of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot may be assisted by any individual other than:
- A candidate who is on the ballot;
- The voter's employer or an agent of the employer; or
- An officer or agent of the voter's union.
A person assisting a voter in completing a Vote By Mail ballot must execute a certification and include that certification with the completed ballot.
Contact the Baltimore City Board of Elections for details on this process at (410) 396-5574