How to Register to Vote in Maryland?
Eligibility to vote in Maryland
To register to be a voter, you need to be eligible to vote. The following are the eligibility conditions in the State of Maryland that you need to fulfill:
- Should be a US citizen
- Can be 16 years at the time of registration, but to vote you need to be 18.
- Should have a voting residence in the State of Maryland.
- Should not have been declared mentally incompetent.
- Should not have been convicted of a felony or convicted of buying and selling votes.
Where to register to vote in Maryland?
Registration is possible in many places. They include:
- Local Board of elections
- State board of elections
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Department of Social Services
- Motor Vehicle Administration
- Aging office
- MTA Paratransit certification office
- Higher education public institutions
- US Armed forces recruitment center
- Marriage license office
- Office of students with disabilities in colleges and universities
Also, individual voter registration drives are conducted. You can go to the venue of the registration drive and register there.
Registration deadline in Maryland
You can register anytime you want. However, if you are registering before the election, you need to keep in mind that you must register 21 days before the election. Only then will you be eligible to vote. You will receive a notification of registration card. In case you do not accept, you need to contact the local Board of Elections.
Party affiliation in Maryland
While registering, you would be asked to record your party affiliation. If you file the same, then you can vote in the party primaries, caucus, convention, etc. You can choose not to show an association, in which case you cannot participate in the principal of the party.
How to register to vote in Maryland
You can book online by visiting the website https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/
While registering you need to provide your Maryland driving license ID, and it should match with the records maintained by the department. If you do not have a drivers license, you need to provide the social security number or any other government ID which has your name and address.
Once you finish the online registration process, you will receive a notification card. If you do not get this card, you can verify online or contact the local board of elections.
You can visit any of the places for registration mentioned above and fill in the application. You need to fill the form and record all your details. Your residential address and the document you are showing as proof needs to be registered.
After completing the form, you need to hand it over to the officer in charge, where you are submitting the form.
You can also choose to submit the voter form by mail. In which case, you can download the form online from this link: https://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/documents/English_Internet_VRA.pdf
Once you download, take a print and fill the form. Make sure no details are left out and also verify if the name and address you have recorded match the name and address on the motor vehicle records or your social security details.
On filling the form, you can send it by mail to the local Board of Elections. You can use this link to find the address of your local board: https://votesmart.org/elections/offices/MD#.XDd9f3WPAfI
Once you hand in your voter form, you will get a notification card, and your registration is complete. You can vote at the next elections.
- You must complete registration 21 days before voting day to be eligible to vote.
- Registration can be done online, in person or through the mail. Registration form by fax is not permitted.
- Make sure you enter correct details; else you are liable for action under the law.