Important Note: By emergency proclamation of the Governor, the 2020 Presidential Primary Election has been postponed to June 2, 2020. The State Board of Elections submitted a comprehensive plan to the Governor on April 3, 2020, for the administration of this election. On April 10, 2020, the Governor issued a proclamation ratifying the plan adopted by the State Board of Elections. This page has been updated to reflect the Governor’s Proclamation. We will update the information on this page promptly if further details of the election change.
Primary Election - June 2, 2020 7 am until 8 pm
This election will be primarily a “vote by mail” election. This means that we 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.
We will mail your ballot 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.
- To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, we recommend that voters who can vote by mail do so. Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
- Voters who prefer to drop off their ballots can do so at designated ballot drop off locations (lugares designados para dejarlos) from - Thursday, May 21, 2020 through Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
- If you are unable to vote by mail, you may vote in-person on election day, June 2, 2020, at a vote center in the jurisdiction where you live (centro de votación en la jurisdicción donde vives).
- The Maryland Board of Elections encourages any eligible Maryland voter who has not received a mail-in ballot via the U.S. Postal Service by Tuesday, May 26 to request one. Ballot requests should be made by emailing absentee.SBE@maryland.gov or calling 1-800-222-8683.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the date for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election?
Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Your ballot has “April 28, 2020” printed at the top due to insufficient time to reprint the ballots after the presidential primary election date was changed to June 2nd due to the coronavirus. The April date does not affect your ballot being counted. Your ballot will be counted for the June 2, 2020 Presidential Primary Election if it is postmarked by June 2nd.
- What is the safest way to vote?
To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail. The State Board of Elections will mail ballots to all eligible voters. No postage is needed to return your ballot - you will get a postage paid return envelope with your ballot.
- Do voters need to request a ballot?
No. The State Board of Elections will mail ballots to all eligible active voters.
- When will ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes?
Ballots will start arriving in mailboxes in early May and continue arriving until mid-May.
- If a voter has requested a ballot, does the voter need to request another ballot?
No. All eligible voters will receive a ballot for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
- What is the deadline by which voters must mail in their voted ballots?
Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before June 2, 2020.
- What if a voter can’t vote by mail?
If a voter cannot vote by mail, there will be at least one voting location in each county and Baltimore City. The voting locations will be open on June 2nd from 7 am to 8 pm. The locations are posted on the State Board of Elections’ website.
- If a voter has already requested an absentee ballot, does the voter need to do anything?
No. The voter will receive a ballot in early to mid May.
- How do voters know if they are registered to vote?
If you aren't sure if you are registered, or at what address, check your voter registration status by visiting our voter services site. If you do not have internet access, call 1-800-222-8683 and ask a State Board of Elections representative to check your registration.
- What kind of identification is required to cast a ballot by mail?
If you are a registered voter and voted before, no identification is required to receive or submit a ballot by mail. A very small number of newly registered voters may need to provide ID with their voted ballots. If you have to provide ID, there will be instructions with your ballot.
- Can voters register to vote online?
It is possible to register to vote in Maryland elections online, click here to find out more information. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
- Is identification required to register to vote?
No, but you must provide some information so election officials can verify your identity.
If you use the State Board’s online system to register, you must enter your Maryland driver's license number or Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) issued state ID number, the date MVA issued your license or ID card, and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you reside outside of the United States or are a member of the military or spouse or dependent of a member of the military, you must enter the last 4 digits of your US social security number. If you provide a license or State ID number, your signature on file with the MVA will become your official voter registration signature. If you provide a social security number, it will be used as your official voter registration signature.
If you use the paper application to register, you must also provide your Maryland driver's license number or MVA-issued state ID number if you have one. If you don’t have one, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either number, check box 6c. If you check box 6c, you might be required to show ID before voting for the first time.
- How will voters know that their ballots will be counted?
You can check that your ballot was counted by visiting our voter services site. If you do not have internet access, call 1-800-222-8683 and ask a State Board of Elections representative to check the status of your voted ballot. The information will be posted about 10 days after the election.
- How do voters update their address? Give the local board of elections where you currently live your new address information. You can use the voter registration application to make the change, or you can submit in writing your new address. Voters must update their address with their local board of elections. For instructions on updating your address, please click here. The deadline to update your information is Wednesday, May 27th.
- What do the numbers and scan codes on my vote by mail envelope mean?
Outgoing (Carrier) Envelope
- The barcode above the voter's name is the IMB barcode for the voter's address. The USPS uses this to track ballots.
- The several QR barcodes on the right side are barcodes the mail house uses to make sure the correct ballot style are being used for the correct voter.
- The QR barcode on the top left of the ballot is used by the mail house. That is how they tie our data file (which has the ballot style for the voter) to the ballot style in their system.
Return (Reply) Envelope
- The barcode is how each of the local boards receive that ballot into our voter registration system. They are able to scan that barcode and the ballot is "received" for the voter. The barcode is the voter's tracking number for that ballot.
- The numbers printed below that barcode is the human readable data in that barcode. We have had instances where the barcode could not be read by the scanners being used, so it's another way for the staff to manually enter the information into our voter registration system.
- The picture below describes what each number is.
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