> Complete a Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot > Maryland
If you are a Military member (or eligible family member), or are an overseas
civilian who is temporarily overseas,
Maryland allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal, State, and local offices, and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the
FWAB to vote anytime before an election.
If you are an overseas civilian who is permanently residing overseas,
Maryland allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal offices. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote anytime before an election.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: Maryland allows you to use this form for
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
Block 4: Date of Birth
Enter your valid Maryland Driver's License number, MVA
identification card number, the last four digits of your
Social Security number, OR your State voter registration
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow your local election official to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 6: If you are using this form to register and wish to
vote in primary elections, you must enter your political
party affiliation. If you want to change your political party
affiliation, indicate your new party affiliation and submit
the FWAB no later than the registration deadline. Political
party affiliation is not required for voting in general
Block 7: Complete street address of your Maryland voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your
address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim
legal voting residence.
Block 8: Enter your current mailing address.
Block 9: Provide any information that may assist the local
election official in accepting this ballot or application.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
Open Security Envelope Template
Open Postage-Paid Envelope Template
The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
You must mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to your local election official. Find your county or city in the address list below to locate your election official.
Open Election Official Address List
Don't know your county? Go to the county finder. Don't know your zip code? Go to the United States Postal Service website.
More Information on Maryland's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Maryland State Election website
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Last updated: 09.19.2013