ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Early voting in Maryland will begin Thursday at 10 a.m.
According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, registered voters may cast a ballot early in person or via absentee ballot.
Early voting centers will be opened from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. from Oct. 23 until Oct. 30. There will be at least one early voting location in every Maryland county as well as 17 additional locations around the state and voters must go to a center in their county of residence to cast a ballot.
Voters may also choose to go cast a ballot on Election Day, Nov. 4. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but the board of elections suggests voters go to polls between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to avoid lines and delays.
Where Do I Vote?
Early Voting: Each Maryland county will have one designated early voting center, as well as 17 others across the state. Registered voters should go to a location in the county of residence.
Election Day: Registered voters should head to their assigned polling place, which can be found on their voter notification card or by clicking here. However, if a voter has recently moved, they should search for the polling place based on their new address or contact the local board of elections.
Centers are at facilities that are accessible with parking.
How Do I Vote?
In-person: Registered voters will use a touchscreen voting system at a designated polling location. At polling locations, volunteers will be available to help a voter understand how to use the machine, but voters must cast their ballots alone, unless a voter cannot physically cast the ballot because of a disability, inability to write or inability to read the ballot.
Absentee: Voters will use a paper ballot regardless of how it is sent to them. Voters then must fill out the ballot and mail it in or hand deliver it to your local election board. You can request an absentee ballot by mail, electronically or by fax. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 28. The deadline for an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 31. You can also vote by absentee at your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4.
Provisional: Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.
For more information on voting, visit the State Board of Elections’ website or contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).
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