The Registration Process


You can use Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a voter registration application to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections at any time. However, an application must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in the next scheduled 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. The close of voter registration is:

You can also register to vote on election day. To make the voting process quicker for you, we encourage you to register to vote by the close of voter registration. If you can't register by that date:

  • For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, go to a vote center (centro de votación) on election day in the county where you live.

  • For the 2020 Presidential General Election only, go to an early voting center in the county where you live during early voting or to your assigned polling place on election day and bring a document that proves where you live.

To prove where you live, bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

If you do not know the assigned polling place or vote center for where you live, use our Polling Place Locator.

Where may I apply to register to vote?

You can useMaryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR)to register to vote or, you may complete a voter registration application in person at:

You can also register to vote on election day. To make the voting process quicker for you, we encourage you to register to vote by the close of voter registration. If you can't register by that date:

  • For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, go to a vote center (centro de votación) on election day in the county where you live.

  • For the 2020 Presidential General Election only, go to an early voting center in the county where you live during early voting or to your assigned polling place on election day and bring a document that proves where you live.

To prove where you live, bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

If you do not know the assigned polling place or vote center for where you live, use our Polling Place Locator.

May I apply to register to vote online or by mail?

Yes. You may register to vote online using Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or you may print an application from our website or contact your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections to request an application.

What information do I need to provide on the application?

In addition to basic identifying information, federal law requires that you provide on your voter registration application a Maryland driver’s license number or MVA ID Card number or, if you do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, the last four digits of your social security number. Your application will NOT be processed unless you provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you do not have a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card, or social security number.

How do I affiliate with a political party?

You have the option to register with any of Maryland’s recognized political parties. If you choose not to register with a party, you will be registered 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, and any general election.

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Bridgette L. Cooper

- FOR U.S. Congress -