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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary June 24, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration Register by June 3, 2014 Register by October 14, 2014
Ballot Request By mail/fax 8 PM, June 17, 2014 By e-mail/online 11:59 PM, June 20, 2014 By mail/fax 8 PM, October 28, 2014 By e-mail/online 11:59 PM, October 31, 2014
Ballot Return Postmarked by June 24, 2014 Received by 10 AM, July 7, 2014 Postmarked by November 4, 2014 Received by 10 AM, November 14, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to the Maryland State Board of Elections. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You may also register using Maryland's online registration system at www.elections.maryland.gov.

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a politicaly party to vote in primary elections?

Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in general elections, but not in primary elections.

How can I submit my FPCA?

If you are registered to vote you may mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to the Maryland State Board of Elections. If you are not registered to vote, you must mail your FPCA directly to Maryland State Board of Elections or use Maryland's online registration system at www.elections.maryland.gov.

How often must I submit my FPCA

Each year.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

The FPCA also serves as a request for an absentee ballot. If you have not submitted an FPCA in an election year, mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to Maryland State Board of Elections, or you may use Maryland's online registration system at www.elections.maryland.gov to request a ballot.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?.

You may use the FWAB without having registered or previously requested an absentee ballot; however, if you are not registered the FWAB must be received by the Maryland State Board of Elections by the registration deadline. Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and U.S. civilians temporarily overseas may use the FWAB for voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Overseas civilians permanently residing overseas may only use the FWAB to vote in Federal elections.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

No.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Please visit www.elections.maryland.gov.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

If you are a member of the Uniformed Services (or an eligible family member) or are an overseas civilian who is temporarily overseas, the Federal Post card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all elections for Federal, State and local offices for the calendar year in which it is submitted.

If you are an overseas civilian who is permanently residing overseas, the FPCA registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all Federal elections for the calendar year in which it is submitted.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to vote for partisan contests in primary elections, you must affiliate with the Democratic or Republican party. If you affiliate with another political party or are unaffiliated, you are only entitled to vote in school board contests in primary elections. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA or use Maryland's online registration system indicating your new party affiliation to the State Board of Elections no later than the registration deadline. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.





Your valid Maryland Driver's License number, MVA identification card number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number is required for voter registration. If you do not possess any of these identification numbers, please indicate this in Block 9. The State will assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your State election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Maryland allows you to receive the ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, the State Board of Elections will mail your ballot to you. If you ask to receive your absentee ballot by email, your ballot will be posted to a website Maryland has developed for delivering absentee ballots. When your ballot is ready, you will receive an email with the link to the website and instructions on how to access your ballot.

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

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the State Board of Elections in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

If you are not already registered, you must use the online registration and ballot request system or submit your FPCA by mail. If you are already registered, Maryland allows you to use the online system or submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to:
Maryland State Board of Elections
P.O. Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21401-0486

If you are already registered to vote, you may email your request for an absentee ballot or submit a request through the online system. If submitting the request via email, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to the State Board of Elections at absentee.sbe@maryland.gov.

If you are already registered to vote, you may fax your request for an absentee ballot. It is recommended that you fax the form directly to the State Board of Elections at (410) 974-2019. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact the State Board of Elections or refer to Maryland's voter registration verification website at http://www.elections.maryland.gov. Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application.

Other ballot request methods

A registered voter or the voter's authorized agent may apply in person for an absentee ballot at the local election office by the close of polls on Election Day.

The voter's authorized agent may pick up and deliver the absentee ballot and must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • not be a candidate on the voter's ballot
  • be designated in writing and signed with the voter's original signature
  • sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the State election office by 10 am ET on the second Friday after the election.

You must sign an oath stating your eligibility to vote by absentee ballot when you return a voted absentee ballot. No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

Voted ballots must be returned by mail.

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at http://www.elections.maryland.gov.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you are a Uniformed Service 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 any time before an election.

If you are an overseas civilian who is permanently residing overseas, Maryland allows you to use FWAB for voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal offices. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Maryland allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

Your sex is required.



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 number. If you do not possess any of these identification numbers, please indicate this in Block 9. The State will assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow the State Board of Elections 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 elections.

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

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the State Board of Elections in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal, State, or local office in any election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.elections.maryland.gov. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. 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.

How and where to submit your FWAB

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a registration form and voted ballot, it must be received the State Board of Elections by the registration deadline.

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a request for an absentee ballot and voted ballot, it must be received by the State Board of Elections by the ballot request deadline. If using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be received by the State Board of Elections by the ballot return deadline. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to:

Maryland State Board of Elections
P.O. Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21401-0486

Local election offices for all

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

All Mailing Address
All Maryland State Board of Elections
PO Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21401-0486
Phone: 410-269-2840 Fax: 410-974-2019