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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Maryland: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:40 PM ET

Important News

  • April 13, 2020 Three In-person Voting Centers Open for April 28 Election

    The Maryland State Board of Elections will open three in-person voting centers for the 7th Congressional district special election on April 28 for voters who are unable to cast their vote by mail. The Board recommends that all voters who are able to vote by mail do so. 

  • April 10, 2020 Official Update Governor Announces Mail Primary Election

    Governor Larry Hogan announced that the June 2 primary election will be conducted mostly by mail. At least one voting center will be available in each county for voters who are unable to cast a ballot by mail.

  • March 17, 2020 Official Update Governor Announces Election Changes

    Governor Larry Hogan announced that the April 28 Primary Election would instead be held on June 2, and the April 28 Special Election to fill Maryland's 7th Congressional District seat will be conducted by mail.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

    Deadline to register to vote for the June 2 primary election.

  2. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    This election will be conducted primarily by mail. All registered and eligible voters will be mailed a ballot for this election and should receive ballots in early to mid May. There will be in-person voting for voters who cannot vote by mail.

  3. Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

    Deadline to register to vote for the November general election.

  4. Thursday, October 22, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Begins

    Early voting for the general election will be held from 8am to 8pm starting October 22.

  5. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - Mail or Fax

    Your request must be received (not just mailed) by October 27 if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax.

  6. Thursday, October 29, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Ends

  7. Friday, October 30, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - Download

    Your request must be received (not just mailed) by October 30 if you want to download your ballot from the State's website.

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote by absentee ballot icon. How to vote by absentee ballot in Maryland

Maryland allows all registered voters to vote by absentee ballot for any reason.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Maryland

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

(Read our guidelines for what we include.)

Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    Maryland has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Hogan and demand that they share their plan.

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  • Hand raised icon. Volunteer to help with elections in your community

    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.