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What Maryland voters need to know on Election Day

Election Day is almost here as polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Here's what you need to know before you go to the polls.

Here's some key information from the Times as you head to the polls Tuesday:

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Here's what you need to know before you go to the polls Tuesday.

  • Each voter is assigned a polling place based on their address. You can visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website (elections.state.md.us) to find your polling place.
  • New this year, voters will select candidates by filling in bubbles on paper ballots — like a standardized test.
  • The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. If you are in line at 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
  • You must already be registered to vote on Election Day — there is no same-day registration.
  • Most people will not be required to show ID to vote. However, some first-time Maryland voters will. Valid forms of identification include: a driver's license, student ID, passport, a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck. For a full list of acceptable documents, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
  • Under Maryland law, one or two children under 18 years old can be with you as you vote — as long as they do not disrupt or interfere with voting.
  • If you do not have two consecutive hours when you are not working between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., your employer is required to provide two hours of paid leave to vote. If your employer requires proof that you voted, ask an election judge for a Certificate of Participation.
  • You cannot use your cell phone, pager, camera, or computer equipment at a polling place.
  • If you are being harassed at a polling place, have trouble voting or suspect violations of election law, call the Maryland State Board of Elections voter hotline: 1-800-222-VOTE. You can also call the national nonpartisan Election-Protection coalition at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
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