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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Maryland.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 GENERAL ELECTION -- Date: November 7,2017

Deadlines
October 6, 2017 Voter Registration Ends:Registration Deadline

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 June 26 Primary Election -- Date: June 26,2018

Deadlines
June 5, 2018 :Deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the primary election.
June 14, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Early Voting Begins 10am to 8pm
June 19, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: Ballot Delivered by Mail or Fax
June 21, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Early Voting Ends 10am-8pm
June 22, 2018 :Deadline for a registered voter to request an electronic absentee ballot
June 26, 2018 :Deadline for a registered voter or voter\'s agent to request an absentee ballot in person at a local board.
June 26, 2018 :Deadline for the local boards to receive an absentee ballot.

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
October 16, 2018 :Deadline to register to vote for the general election.
October 25, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Early Voting Begins 10am-8pm
October 30, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Deadline for a registered voter to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot.
October 31, 2018 Candidate Ballot Access - Write-In candidates ballot access deadline:Deadline for write-in candidates to file a Certificate of Candidacy. Only filed write-in candidates will have their votes reported on the official canvass.
November 1, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends:Early voting for the general election ends.
November 6, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline :Deadline for the local boards to receive an absentee ballot.

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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