Any registered voter may vote by mail-in ballot. You don't need a reason to vote by mail-in ballot. It's another way to vote if you don't want to or can't go to an early voting center or your polling place.
If you do not know if you are registered to vote, use our Voter Look-up to find out. If you are not registered to vote, find out how to register to vote.
2022 Gubernatorial Primary and General Elections
There are three ways you can request a mail-in ballot.
- Online if you have a Maryland’s driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card.
- Complete and return one of the forms below. Read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment).
Note: We recommend that you download and fill out the form in Adobe Acrobat or any other PDF reader if you can't type your information directly into the form. Some browsers don't do this as well as other browsers. To download the form, click the form link and then right-click on the form. Select "Save as" to save it to your computer. You can also print the form and write in your information.
- Go to your local board of elections and fill out and turn in the form.
- If you want to get a mail-in ballot for all future elections, you can sign up for the permanent mail-in ballot list when you request a mail-in ballot. Once you are on this list, we will send you your mail-in ballot for each future election you are eligible to vote in. You won't have to submit a request for each election.
All Maryland voters may request an absentee ballot, also known as a mail-in ballot.
If you want to get a mail-in ballot for all future elections, you can sign up for the permanent mail-in ballot list. Once you are on this list, we will send you your mail-in ballot for each future election you are eligible to vote in. You won't have to submit a request for each election.
You can use this website to request to be added to the permanent mail-in ballot list. Or you can use these forms:
If you request a mail-in ballot for one or all future elections, but later change your mind and want to vote in person, you will have to vote a provisional ballot.
If you request a mail-in ballot for one or all future elections, and you later move or change your mailing address or contact information, you will need to update that information here or contact your local board of elections to update your records.
If you decide you want to vote in person instead of getting a mail-in ballot you need to update that information here or contact your local board of elections to update your records.
2022 Gubernatorial General Election
The deadline depends on how you want to receive your ballot.
- If you hand deliver your request and the ballots are ready, you can pick up your mail-in ballot. You may take your mail-in ballot with you and return it by mail or you can vote it at the local board office and give it to an election official. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot in person is election day, November 8, 2022. Please visit your local board of elections' website for hours of operation.
- If you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax, your request must be received (not just mailed) by Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
- If you want to receive your ballot via the internet,* your request must be received by 5pm, Friday, November 4, 2022 for a request sent in the mail, or by 11:59 pm, Friday, November 4, 2022 for a request sent by fax or submitted online.
- If you miss the deadlines to receive your ballot by mail, fax, or via the internet, but still want to vote by mail-in ballot, you or your agent must apply in person at your local board of elections. For more information about someone else picking up your ballot, see “Can I have someone pick up my ballot?” below.
*Please note that a ballot received via the internet must still be returned by hand, by mail, or dropped at a ballot drop off box.
Under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens mail-in Voting Act, military voters and voters who live outside the U.S. can vote by mail-in ballot. If you are a military voter or live outside of the U.S., learn more about mail-in voting.
You choose how you want to receive your mail-in ballot. Election officials can mail or fax your ballot to you, or you can download your ballot from the State's website.
When you request a ballot, you pick how you want to receive your ballot. If you want to download your ballot, make sure you provide your email address.
Ballots are sent or posted to the website about 3 weeks before an election. If you want to download your ballot, we will send you an email when your ballot is ready. The email will include a link where you can print your ballot and instructions.
If you would like your ballot delivered to you electronically or want your ballot mailed to a different address, please submit a request. You can submit a request online or via paper form. If you use a paper form, read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as attachment).
There are instructions with your ballot. Please review the instructions carefully before starting to vote.
If you received your ballot by mail or fax, you need a black pen to vote. Review your ballot before voting as your ballot may be multiple pages. Carefully fill in the oval to the left of your choice, and do not vote for more candidates than the number specified in the contest heading. If you wish, you may vote for fewer candidates than specified.
If you download your ballot from the State's website, you can print the blank ballot and mark your ballot by hand.
Do not sign your name or make any other mark on your ballot.
Write-in voting is only allowed in general elections. A general election ballot has spaces for write-in votes. To cast a write-in vote by hand, fill in the oval to the left of the space for the write-in vote, and write the first and last names of the person in the appropriate space.
You must mail or hand deliver your mail-in ballot to a voting location, a ballot drop off box, or your local board of elections. You cannot email or fax your voted mail-in ballot.
You must mail or hand deliver your voted ballot. You cannot submit your voted ballot online, by email or fax.
2022 Gubernatorial General Election
Use the envelope provided with your ballot. You can:
- Hand deliver your ballot. You must deliver it to your local board of elections by 8 pm on election day, or you may take it to an early voting center, or a ballot drop off box by the time the polls close.
- Mail your ballot. If you mail your voted ballot, make sure that the envelope is postmarked on or before general election day (November 8, 2022). Your voted ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 am on November 18, 2022.
- The list of early voting centers for the 2022 General Election is available here (en español).
If you have specific questions, please contact your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections.
Yes, if you have a disability or are unable to read or write, you may have help requesting a mail-in ballot and voting. Any person can help you except:
- A candidate on your ballot;
- Your employer or an agent of your employer; or
- An officer or agent of your union.
If you need help completing the mail-in ballot application, someone can help you with Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the application and must complete Part 4. If you cannot sign the application, the person helping you should print your name in Part 3 and write his or her initials after your name.
If you need help voting your ballot, the person helping you must mark the ballot according to your wishes and cannot make an effort to influence your vote. This person must also complete the Certification of Person Assisting mail-in Voter (provided with your mail-in ballot). This certification must be returned with your voted ballot.
Contact your local board of elections for more information on this process.
...I haven't received my ballot?
Ballots are typically mailed or available for download about 3 weeks before an election.
If you requested a ballot but have not received it, and have verified on the voter look-up website that your ballot has been sent, wait a few days. Your ballot may be in transit. If the election is one week away and you haven't received your ballot, please contact your local board of elections. A representative of your local board can help you.
...my ballot is damaged or I made a mistake on my ballot?
If you received your ballot by mail or fax, contact your local board of elections, and request a replacement ballot.
If you downloaded your ballot, log back into the website. If you made your selections in the system, make your selections again and print the ballot. (We do not save your marked ballot, so you must make your selections again.) If you printed a blank ballot and marked your ballot by hand, print another ballot and mark the ballot.