As Maryland goes through the redistricting process, there have been a few changes in terms of dates, deadlines, and districts for the upcoming Maryland primary this summer. This post will walk through what you need to do to register to vote and submit your ballot in the primaries.
How to vote in a primary
Voting in the primaries is just like voting in the general election, with one major exception: you have to be a member of a political party if you want to vote in that party’s primary. In other words, voters who are registered as independent or 3rd party cannot vote in the Democratic nor the Republican primary elections.
If you are a registered voter but you want to change your party registration, you can do so via a voter registration form. Just fill out the form and update your party affiliation! The deadline to update your party affiliation is Tuesday, July 19th for the 2022 primaries.
How to register to vote/update your voter registration
There are a few different ways to register to vote or update your voter registration information:
If you have a Maryland ID you can register to vote online using the Maryland State Board of Elections online voter registration form. This form allows you to register to vote; update your voter registration if your name, address, party affiliation, or other information has changed; and request a mail-in ballot. The deadline to register to vote online is Tuesday, June 28th for the 2022 primaries.
You can also fill out a physical voter registration form and send it to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections. You should do this if you do not have a Maryland ID. These forms are available in multiple different languages, including in:
The mailing address for the State board of Elections is: P.O. Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21401-0486
Similar to online voter registration, your voter registration application must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 28th in order to be eligible to vote in the 2022 primaries.
On Election Day
If you miss this deadline, you can also register to vote during early voting at any early voting center in your county or on Election Day at your polling station. You must bring a document that provides proof of address.
If you don’t receive a Voter Notification card three weeks after you submit your voter registration form, please contact your local board of elections. You can find their contact information here. You can also verify whether or not you are registered to vote online.
How to vote by mail
To submit your ballot by mail, the first step is to ensure that you’re registered to vote.
The Maryland State Board of Elections has already sent out mail-in ballot request forms to registered Maryland voters. You’ll receive a mail-in ballot if you follow the instructions included to return that form. However, if you hadn’t registered to vote by that time or you misplaced that form, you have a few other options to get a mail-in ballot.
Online–you can request a mail-in ballot using an online form if you have a Maryland ID.
Mail–If you prefer to request by mail, or don’t have a Maryland ID, you can print out a mail-in ballot request form and mail it to your local board of elections. You can find the mailing address for every local board of election in Maryland here.
In person–you can also visit your local board of elections and fill out a mail-in ballot request form in person.
In most situations, the deadline to request an mail-in ballot for the 2022 primaries is July 12th. You can find more information about these deadlines on the State Board of Elections website.
The State Board of Elections website also has an online resource which allows you to track the status of your mail-in ballot.
Maryland has a new program called the permanent absentee ballot list. If you want to get a mail-in ballot for every future election, you can sign up for this list while requesting a mail-in ballot. Once you’re on the list, you’ll receive a ballot in the mail for every future election you are eligible to vote in without having to fill out a mail-in ballot request form for each election.
How to vote in person
Due to redistricting, the primary dates have been pushed back. Early voting will now run from Thursday, July 7th to Thursday, July 14th including Saturday and Sunday. During this period, you can vote at any of the early voting locations in your county from 7 am to 8 pm. Early voting locations have not yet been released, but once publicized you can find that information on the State Board of Elections website.
The primary election day is Thursday, July 19th. You can vote at your assigned polling precinct anytime from 7 am to 8 pm.
Maryland has adopted new district boundaries in response to the 2020 census in a process known as redistricting. As a result, you may live in a different district and have different representatives than you did in the last election. You can use the following resources to your district for federal and state elections:
2022 Maryland Congressional Districts–Interactive Map
2022 Maryland State House Districts–Interactive Map
2022 Maryland State Senate Districts–Interactive Map
Different counties are at different points in the redistricting process. You can find information about the local redistricting process and/or updated maps of local precincts in your county here:
Anne Arundel County
Prince George’s County
Queen Anne’s County
St. Mary’s County