These are the most frequently asked questions Voter Registration.
To register, you must:
No -- Under Maryland election law, a voter registration application must contain the original signature.
If you are not a Maryland resident, you may register to vote in your home state using the National Voter Registration Form.
You may complete a voter registration application in person at:
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 be postmarked by August 24, 2010, to vote in the Primary Election and October 12, 2010, to vote in the General Election. If you submit a voter registration application during the period that registration is closed, your application will be held at the local board of elections and processed when registration reopens. For the 2010 elections, registration will be closed from August 24, 2010, to September 27, 2010, and October 12, 2010, to November 15, 2010.
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, use either the Federal Post Card Application or a Maryland voter registration application.
In addition to basic identifying information, federal law requires that you must provide a Maryland driver's license or MVA ID Card number or, if you do not have a driver's license number, at least the last four digits of your social security number on your voter registration application. Your application will NOT be processed unless you provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have a driver's license or social security number.
This means that, although you provided your driver's license or social security number on the application, the State was unable to verify this number and requested additional information from you. This could happen for many reasons, including the following: parts of your application were illegible or incorrect; errors occurred in the process of entering data from your application into the State's database; OR older records in other systems used a different name, e.g., the maiden name of a woman who now uses her married name.
If you have not already submitted the requested information, you may do so when you vote in the upcoming election. If you vote in person on November 4, 2008, please bring one of the following with you to the polls. If you are voting by absentee ballot, please include a copy of one of the following with your absentee ballot.
Current and valid photo identification (a Maryland driver's license or MVA-issued ID card; student, employee or military ID card; United States passport; or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or
Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
At the polls, you will be required to vote by provisional ballot. Providing the above requested information will complete your registration. Your provisional ballot will be counted if your application is complete and your ballot is properly cast.
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.
Party affiliation impacts a Primary election where you must be affiliated with a principle party in order to participate in the election. Once the primary election is over, there are no party affiliation deadlines, only voter registration deadlines. The deadline for the upcoming Primary election is Monday, June 21, 2010. You certainly may change your party affiliation after the Primary election, however, it will not impact the ballot you receive on General election day.
You should provide your new address to the local board of elections in your new jurisdiction.
You are considered a registered voter when you receive your Voter Notification Card from your local board of elections. If you do not receive your card three weeks after you submit an application, you should contact your local board of elections.
Registration is permanent as long as you continue to live in Maryland and keep your name and address current with your local board of elections. You do not have to re-register when you move within the State, but you must keep your address current.
You must 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 other 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.