(Though Marylanders can also register to vote — and vote that same day — during early voting.)
So how does one go about registering?
To qualify to register in Maryland, one must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the state and at least 16 years old, though the legal age to cast a vote is 18.
Maryland registrants can not be convicted of buying or selling votes, be under guardianship for a mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote or be serving a court-ordered sentence for a felony conviction. (Voting rights were granted in 2016 for Maryland residents with felony charges who have completed prison sentences.)
A resident who does not have a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration-issued identification must register by mail or in person. Paper applications cannot be faxed or emailed, because the document requires an original signature.
Marylanders who prefer to take to pen and paper can fill out the voter registration application, available on the Maryland State Board of Elections website, and mail in the form to the county board of elections.
Addresses for each of Maryland’s county board of elections are located on the second page of the application, which must be filled out in black ink.