FAQs for the April 26th MD State Primary

8 Feb

On Tuesday, April 26th, registered Baltimore City voters will vote to select Democratic or Republican candidates for:

  • President
  • U.S. Senate
  • Representatives to the House of Representatives
  • Delegates to the Democratic and Republican Conventions.
  • Mayor
  • Comptroller
  • President of the City Council
  • Member of the City Council

In addition, they will vote in the nonpartisan election of Judges of the Circuit Court.

The following information is from the Maryland Board of Elections. If you have questions, need more information, want to connect to Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System, or want to download a Voter Registration Application, go to www.elections.state.md.us.

Who can register to vote in Maryland?

To register to vote in Maryland, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Be a Maryland resident;
  • Be at least 16 years old*;
  • Not be under guardianship for mental disability or if you are, you have not been found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote;
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, you have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment. Effective 3/10/16, felons who are released from incarceration but who are on parole or probation are eligible to register to vote.

*You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.

What about overseas residents or members of the military?

If you are an overseas citizen, military personnel, or dependent of military personnel, you may register to vote in Maryland if your current or last U.S. residence was in Maryland.

What about students?

As a student, you may register at your school address only if you consider this address to be your “official” or “permanent” home.

How do I register to vote?

You can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a voter registration application to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections. An application must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in the next scheduled election. Go to www.elections.state.md.us.

How do I change my party affiliation?

To change your party affiliation you can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a new voter registration application or a signed written request to your local board of elections. Go to www.elections.state.md.us.

How do I update my name and address?

You can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) to update your name and address or you can notify the local board of elections where you currently live. If you complete a change of address form at the MVA, this information will be sent to your local board of elections for processing, unless you indicate that you do not want to change your voter registration information. You can also send changes on a voter registration application or on any signed written notice. Go to www.elections.state.md.us.

What is the deadline for registering to vote, changing party affiliation, or updating my voter information for this year’s primary election?

Tuesday, April 5, is the deadline for registering for the primary election, for changing your party affiliation, or for updating your name or address.

Who can vote in the Primary Election?

The Democratic and Republican Parties are required to use primary elections to choose their candidates for the general election. It is up to the parties to decide who may vote in their primaries. Only registered voters affiliated with the Democratic or Republican Parties may vote in that party’s primary election.

There is no primary election for the Green or Libertarian parties, but individuals registered with these parties will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary election.

If you do not select a political party on your voter registration application, you will be “unaffiliated” with any political party (also known as an independent voter). You will not be able to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary elections, but will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary election.

What is the schedule and location for early voting for the primary election?

Early voting will be from Thursday, April 14, through Thursday, April 21, from 10 am until 8 pm.

The early voting location in northeast Baltimore is at the League for People with Disabilities at 1111 East Coldspring Lane (between The Alameda and Loch Raven Blvd). However, Baltimore City registered voters may vote at any early voting site in the City.

What is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?

The deadline depends on how you want to receive your blank ballot.

For the 2016 Primary Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:

  • Tuesday, April 19, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
  • Friday, April 22, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website.

Go to www.elections.state.md.us for complete information on absentee ballots.

Where should I vote on Election Day?

On election day, you should vote where you live. If your voter registration is up-to-date, you can refer to your Voter Notification Card for your precinct number and polling place location or use the voter look-up website. However, if you moved and have not updated your voter registration information, enter your new address in the Polling Place Locator. You will be required to vote a provisional ballot at the new polling place.

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