Maryland voting issues
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- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
Throughout Maryland, polls are open continuously from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Election Day. Anyone in line at 8:00 PM will be allowed to vote.
Voter ID requirements
It depends. You will be asked to provide identification if:
- You are voting for the first time in Maryland;
- You registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003; and
- You have not previously met the identification requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act.
If you registered to vote after January 1, 2006, you most likely satisfied the identification requirement during the registration process. If you did not satisfy the requirement, your local board of elections will have notified you and requested information to satisfy the identification requirement. (See list below.) You can satisfy the identification requirement by providing, at the polls, one of the following:
- Your driver's license number, MVA-issued ID card number or at least the last four digits of your social security number, and we will attempt to verify this number with MVA or the Social Security Administration. You will be contacted if election officials were unable to verify the information;
- A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID * A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.
If you do not satisfy the identification requirement before voting for the first time, you will be required to present identification when you vote.
If you are asked for identification and are unable or unwilling to provide it, you will be issued a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you submit one of the following forms of identification before provisional ballots are canvassed on the 1st Monday after the election:
- A copy of a current and valid photo identification (i.e., Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID, U.S. passport, or any other State of federal government-issued ID card); or
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and current address (the same address you provided on your provisional ballot application).
- Main article: Provisional voting
For the 2008 election Maryland used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:
State Board of Elections
- 151 West Street,
- Suite 200
- Annapolis, MD 21401
- Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
- P.O. Box 6486
- Annapolis, MD 21401-0486
Maryland Relay Service
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Maryland, Linda B. Pierson, President
- 106 B South Street
- Annapolis, MD 21401-2624
- Phone: 410-269-0232
- Fax: 410-268-7301
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Allegany County
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore City
- Baltimore County
- Calvert County
- Caroline County
- Carroll County
- Cecil County (MAL Unit)
- Charles County (MAL Unit)
- Dorchester County
- Frederick County
- Garrett County
- Harford County (MAL Unit)
- Howard County
- Kent County
- Mid-Shore, Inc.
- Montgomery County
- Prince George's county (MAL Unit)
- Queen Anne's County
- St. Mary's County
- Somerset County (MAL Unit)
- Talbot County
- Washington County
- Wicomico County (MAL Unit)
- Worcester County (MAL Unit)
SAVEourVotes (Secure, Accessible, Verifiable Elections for Maryland)
Description: SAVEourVotes is a statewide nonpartisan grassroots nonprofit organization working for Secure, Accessible, Verifiable Elections in Maryland.
Description: TrueVoteMD.org is a non-partisan, grass-roots organization of Maryland citizens who are deeply concerned about the integrity of the State's election process, mainly due to the introduction of electronic voting equipment which fails to provide voters with a printed paper record of their votes. Without this voter-verified printed ballot, there is no way to audit elections to ensure that votes are correctly recorded and counted, or to conduct a meaningful, independent recount. Through non-partisan public education, grassroots organizing, litigation, research and legislation, we are working to make Maryland's voting system accurate, verifiable, and fully transparent.
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Maryland page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Maryland. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Maryland general information page, which provides information on Maryland election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Maryland that helps locate Maryland's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Maryland Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Maryland. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Maryland page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Maryland.
Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell