Voting in the 2020 General Election


For the fall 2020 general election, voters seeking to vote by mail MUST REQUEST a mail-in ballot (previously called "absentee ballot").

  • The Board of Elections will send mail-in ballot applications to all eligible registered voters.
  • This is different from the June 2020 primary election, when the Board of Elections sent mail-in ballots to all eligible registered voters. 
  • The deadline to request for a mail-in ballot is October 20. See below for complete instructions.

There will be in-person voting during early voting (Oct 26-Nov 2) and on election day (Nov 3) at designated voting sites.  Prevailing health and safety measures, such as mask and social distancing requirements, will be observed.

Election Guidance for Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County recently announced a web page designed to be a resource for critical voting information. It contains the full list of voting sites for early voting and on November 3, as well as links to voter registration, mail-in voting instructions, and other important resource information. If you find this page useful, please help to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) by sharing it with everyone in your network—family, friends, neighbors, and more.

Click here for a downloadable GOTV fact sheet for Anne Arundel County.

 Presidential General Election

Early Voting: Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2 - 7am-8pm

Election Day:   Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 7am-8pm

Deadlines for Voter Registration:

By Mail:            Wednesday, October 13, 2020

Online:             Wednesday, October 13, 2020

In-Person:        Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (NOTE: Although it's possible to register to vote during early voting and on election day, registering in advance is strongly recommended to avoid lines at vote centers.)

How to Request Your Mail-In Ballot

To vote by mail, you must request a mail-in ballot (previously called an "absentee ballot") for the 2020 general election. 

  • This is different from the June 2020 primary election, when the Board of Elections automatically sent mail-in ballots to eligible registered voters. 

Options for requesting your mail-in ballot:

  • Request your ballot online now.
    • This will require a Maryland driver’s license or state ID. 
  • Download and print a ballot request form. English | Español 
    • Fill it out and mail it now. You will need your own envelope and stamp.
  • If you are an active registered voter, the Board of Elections will send you a ballot request form via U.S. Mail.
    • To expedite receipt of your ballot, complete and return the request form as soon as it arrives.
    • This request form will come with a postage-paid envelope.

Ballot delivery by U.S. Mail is preferable unless it is not practical or possible for you to use that option.

How to Complete & Return Your Mail-In Ballot

  • Ballots will be mailed with instructions for marking and returning them to the Board of Elections.
    • Follow the instructions carefully. You must sign an oath that accompanies the ballot. Failure to complete the return envelope correctly may result in your ballot not being counted. 
  • Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3rd in order to be counted.  Voters are encouraged to return ballots early when possible.  
    • The Board of Elections website includes a form where you can check to see if your ballot was received.
  • Instead of returning your ballot by U.S. Mail, you may put it in one of the secure drop boxes provided by the Board of Elections.  Your ballot must be returned to a drop box by 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd to be counted.

Protect your ballot.  Be wary of anyone who offers to collect ballots.  Be sure that your ballot is sealed in its envelope and put it directly in the U.S. Mail or a Board of Elections drop box.

In-Person Voting at Vote Centers

Early Voting: Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2, 2020 from 7am-8pm

  • Avoid the rush – vote early!
  • You may cast your official ballot at any voting site in the county.
  • New voter registration will be available at all voting sites.

Election Day Voting:  November 3, 2020 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

  • All voting will take place at designated voting sites.
  • Unlike the Election Day polling place where you've voted in the past, you may cast your official ballot at any voting site in the county.
  • New voter registration will be available at all voting sites.

Because of the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail if at all possible and to use in-person voting only if it is not possible to vote by mail.


Visit the State Board of Elections 2020 General Election Page for FAQs and Rumor Control.

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