Important Maryland voting information and deadlines

The Wicomico County Board of Elections sent out important information regarding deadlines and registering for the upcoming 2016 Presidential General Election.

The information the board released is as follows:

The deadline to register to vote, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9PM on October 18.  

To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old or older on or before the November 8th General Election – must register by 9PM on October 18.  This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address at their local board of elections.  

Wicomico County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote or change their address online by 9PM October 18 at this website. Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address online using different identifying information.

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Wicomico County Board of Elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Wicomico County Board of Elections by 9PM on October 18, and a mailed application must be postmarked by October 18.  

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

  • Local boards of elections
  • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
  • State Department of Health offices
  • Local Department of Social Services offices
  • Offices on Aging
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • Marriage license bureaus
  • Post offices
  • Public libraries
  • State Board of Elections

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application, here.
You can also register to vote during early voting. To make the voting process quicker for you, we encourage you to register to vote by the close of voter registration. If you can’t register by October 18th, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address.

Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place. This request must be submitted in writing by 9PM on October 18. The request form is available online or by calling 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the Wicomico County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.   

To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit this website.

The 2016 Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Starting Thursday, October 27 through and including Thursday, November 3, voters can vote in person at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence and register to vote and update their address. The best days to vote early to avoid delays are Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.  Early voting locations and hours and additional election-related dates and information are available at this website.

For more information, voters may contact the Wicomico County Board of Election at 410-548-4830 or the Maryland State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit the website.

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