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October 13, 2020

Before October 30, 2020

Maryland is a no-excuse absentee voting state so any registered voter may apply for and vote by absentee ballot. The normal deadline to receive an absentee ballot is October 27 (if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax) or October 30 (if you want to download your ballot from the State's website).

After October 30, 2020

If you are hospitalized after October 30 and miss this deadline, you may still apply for an absentee ballot by sending a designee to apply for an absentee ballot at your local board of elections.

November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

You can mail your voted ballot to return it. In order for your ballot to be counted, the envelope must be postmarked on or before general election day (November 3, 2020). Your voted ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 AM on November 13, 2020.

 

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STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

The normal deadline to apply for an absentee ballot October 27 (if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax) or October 30 (if you want to download your ballot from the State's website). However, if you are hospitalized after this date, you may still apply for an absentee ballot by sending an agent (ex. family member) to apply in-person at your local board of elections. The address and contact information for your local board of elections can be found here.

You must fill out an absentee ballot application form, which can be found on the Maryland State Board of Election's website or here. Additionally, in order to apply through an agent, you and your agent must first fill out a "Designation of Agent" form. This form can be found on the Maryland State Board of Election's website or here.

3.

Return Your Application

Your agent must bring both your filled-out absentee ballot application form and "Designation of Agent" form to your local board of elections. The address and contact information for your local board of elections can be found here.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

After turning in these two forms, your agent will be directly given your ballot in order to return it to you.

If you have applied before the normal absentee voting deadline, you may also have the option of having your ballot mailed to you, faxed to you, or delivered electronically.

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

You can mail your voted ballot to return it. In order for your ballot to be counted, the envelope must be postmarked on or before general election day (November 3, 2020). Your voted ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 AM on November 13, 2020.

 

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STATE LAW

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Md. Election Law Code Ann. § 9-305

Voters can request an absentee ballot be sent by mail or fax until the Tuesday before the election, or by internet by the Friday before the election. Voters can have their agent apply for an absentee ballot until the polls close on Election Day.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the State Board of Elections and local board offices are currently closed to the public, therefore making an in-person ballot request is NOT available.

By emergency proclamation of the Governor, the 2020 Presidential Primary Election has been postponed to June 2, 2020.

This election will be primarily a “vote by mail” election. This means that the state of Maryland will automatically mail a ballot to all eligible voters. You should receive your ballot in early to mid May. You do not need to ask for a ballot to receive one. Your ballot will be mailed to the address we have on file. If you want your ballot mailed to another address or download it from our website, please visit our Absentee Voting page. All mailed ballots included a return envelope and prepaid postage.

The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting Maryland's elections can be found here.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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