Deadlines vary by jurisdiction.
The deadlines to the right are specifically for Annapolis Municipal Elections (Mayor and City Council).
For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections website.
Deadline for receipt (not just mailed) of mail-in or absentee ballot request (the request is due by 4:30pm)
For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections website.
Deadline for Emergency Ballot request [Emergency Mail-in Ballot Applications can be submitted November 1 from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and November 2 from 7am to 8pm at Board of Supervisors of Elections Office. Emergency ballots must be returned by 8pm on November 2.]
For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections website.
Annapolis – Municipal Elections [Polls open 7am – 8pm. Voters in line at the closing of the polls shall be permitted to vote; mail-in ballot must be post marked by midnight on November 2 and received from the Postal Service by November 9 at 10am or deposited in drop box by 8pm or delivered to Board of Supervisors of Elections Office by 8pm].
For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections website.
October 4, 2021 – Deadline for voter registration
October 12, 2021 – Deadline for mailing ballots to all registered voters
October 30, 2021– Early voting deadline [Early voting will run from October 27-30, 7am – 8pm at Trinity School Voting Center, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21703]
November 2, 2021 Mail in ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked by November 2 and received by the Board on or before 4:30pm on November 5.]
November 2, 2021 – Municipal Elections [polls open from 7am – 8pm at Trinity School Voting Center, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21703]
Last updated: October 2021
- Annapolis: Mail-in ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before November 2 and received by the board of elections by 10 a.m. on November 9.
- Frederick: Mail-in ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before November 2 and received by the board of election by 4:30pm on November 5
Mail-in ballots can also be returned to any secure drop box by 8 p.m. on November 2. Voters can also hand-deliver their ballots by 8 p.m. on November 2 to their local board of elections, an early voting center (only in the City of Frederick), or an Election Day vote center.
- Annapolis: There is no in-person early voting. On November 2, voters should go to their assigned polling places. Polling places will be open from 7am to 8pm. A list of polling places, by ward, may be found here: https://www.annapolis.gov/1813/The-Polling-and-Drop-Box-Locations.
- Frederick: Early voting (October 27-30) and voting on Election Day will be held from 7am – 8pm at Trinity School Voting Center, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21703.
Voters in line by 8pm are entitled to vote.
Returning Mail-In Ballots: Voters can mail their completed ballots to their local boards of elections. Voters should mail their ballots as soon as possible due to potential backlogs at the U.S. Postal Service. Mail-in ballots will come with prepaid return envelopes. To be counted, the ballots must be postmarked on or before November 2 and received by 10am on November 9 (Annapolis) or 4:30pm on November 5 (Frederick).
Mail-in ballots can also be hand-delivered by 8 p.m. on November 2 to any drop box. A list of drop boxes for the Annapolis election may be found here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20057/FAQ-s–MAIL-IN-BALLOTS-8182021-PDF. A list of drop boxes for the Frederick election may be found here: https://cityoffrederickmd.gov/2021election. A completed ballot may also be delivered to the voter’s local board of elections or an Election Day vote center by 8:00pm on election day.
- Annapolis: A list of polling places, by ward, may be found here: https://www.annapolis.gov/1813/The-Polling-and-Drop-Box-Locations
- Frederick: Trinity School Voting Center, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21703.
Registration Deadlines: The voter registration deadline for the Annapolis and Frederick City elections was October 4, 2021.
How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote by checking the Maryland State Board of Elections website available at the following link: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/votersearch.
Voters can also call Maryland’s State Board of Elections at (410) 269-2840 or (800) 222-8683 (toll free) or contact their local election board.
Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Maryland, a person must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- A Maryland resident;
- At least 16 years old;
- While eligible to register at age 16, only voters who will be at least 18 years old by the next general or special election will be eligible to vote in the general or special election and any primary election in which candidates are nominated for the general or special election; and have
- NOT been convicted of a felony AND currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction;
- NOT been convicted of buying or selling votes; and
- NOT under guardianship for mental disability and where a court of competent jurisdiction has specifically found by clear and convincing evidence that the individual cannot communicate, with or without accommodations, a desire to participate in the voting process.
How to Register: Maryland residents may register online, submit a printed application, or register in person.
- Apply Online. Eligible voters may register to vote or update their registered address online using Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR). To submit a registration electronically, a voter must provide a valid Maryland-issued state ID number or driver’s license number; voters who reside outside the U.S. or are a member of the military (or the member’s spouse or dependent) can provide the last four digits of their social security number to register. Voters who do not have these forms of identification cannot use the OLVR to register.
- Submit a Printed Application. To register or update a registered address, an eligible voter may print an application from the State Board of Elections website or contact his/her local board of elections or the State Board of Elections to request an application. Voters must return the application, which is available in English and Spanish, with an original signature to the State Board of Elections or the voter’s local county board. The application can be returned by mail or hand-delivery; it cannot be submitted via fax or email. If returning by mail, allow at least five business days for the U.S.P.S. to deliver the application.
- In Person. If an eligible voter does not have access to a computer and/or printer, the voter may complete a voter registration application in person at:
- local board of elections;
- State Board of Elections;
- local Department of Health office;
- Maryland Department of Human Services local offices;
- Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offices;
- local Area Agency on Aging office;
- MTA Paratransit Certification Office;
- All public institutions of higher education;
- Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces;
- Marriage license offices; and
- Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.
IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the offices listed above may not be open to the public, or may have reduced hours or require an appointment. Please check with these offices before going there to complete a voter registration application.
Same day registration and voting. Same day registration and voting is not available for the municipal elections in Annapolis or Frederick. The deadline for registering to vote in those elections in 2021 was October 4, 2021.
Identification Required for Registration: In addition to basic identifying information, voters are asked to provide a Maryland driver’s license number or MVA ID Card number or, if they do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, the last four digits of their social security number on their voter registration application. Their registration application will not be processed unless they provide this information or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that they do not have a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card, or social security number. An election official will give eligible voters who do not provide any of the above forms of identification a unique identifying number. Individuals who register by mail and who cannot provide one of the requested numbers must present a copy of an acceptable form of identification at the time of registration or at any time before voting. Acceptable identification includes either a current and valid photo identification (i.e., Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID card, student or employee photo ID card, military ID card, passport, or any other State or federal government issued ID card), or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.
If You Want to Vote in Person before Election Day
- Annapolis: There is no in person early voting in Annapolis.
- Frederick: Early voting will be held from Wednesday, October 27 through Saturday, October 30. Early voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are no eligibility requirements for early voting and registered voters can vote in an early voting center at Trinity School Voting Center, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21703.
If You Want to Vote by Mail-in Ballot
How to receive a mail-in ballot: For the 2021 municipal elections, all eligible registered voters in the cities of Annapolis and Frederick have been mailed ballots.
- Annapolis: If the board has reasonable grounds to believe that a mail-in ballot has been lost, destroyed, or spoiled, a voter can receive a replacement. To obtain a replacement contact the City of Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections Office, at 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, Maryland 21401 or 410-263-7929.
- Frederick: If a mail-in ballot is destroyed, spoiled, lost, or not received, a registered voter can request a replacement ballot either in person or by mail. Replacement ballots will be issued at the Frederick County Board of Elections office at any time the office is open prior to election day. Replacement ballots will not be mailed within seven days of the election. The Frederick County Board of Elections can be reached at 340A Montevue Ln, Frederick MD 21702-8214 or 301-600-8683.
How to submit an application for a mail-in ballot:
- Annapolis: Applications for a mail-in ballot may be mailed to City of Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections Office, P.O. Box 788, Annapolis, MD 21404. An application may also be hand-delivered to the City of Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections Office, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401. The Board of Supervisors of Elections Office must receive completed applications for absentee or mail-in ballots by October 29 at 4:30pm. Applications for a regular mail-in ballot may be found here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19616/Regular-Mail-In-Ballot-Instructions-and-ApplicationEmergency mail-in ballot application–After the deadline for receipt of an absentee ballot and prior to the close of the polls on election day, voters may request an emergency absentee ballot
1) if the person is notified after the time for making application for an absentee ballot that, as a condition of employment, the person is required to be absent from the City on the day of an election,
2) if the person is unable to be physically present at the polls as a result of illness or accident occurring after the time of making application for an absentee ballot, or
3) if the person is unable to be present because of a death or serious illness in the person’s immediate family occurring after the time for making application.
Applications for an Emergency mail-in ballot may be found here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19612/Emergency-Mail-In-Ballot-Instructions-and-Application. For more information on applying for an emergency mail-in ballot contact the City of Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections Office, at 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, Maryland 21401 or 410-263-7929.
- Frederick: If your mail-in ballot is destroyed, spoiled, lost, or not received, you may request and obtain a replacement ballot in person or by mail. Replacement ballots are issued at the Frederick County Board of Elections office (
How will voters receive their ballots: Annapolis and Frederick are mailing ballots to the address on file in the voters registration records for each registered voter in their jurisdiction. Registered voters can review the address on file for them at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch. If a voter needs to have their ballot mailed to a different address, or if they want to pick up their ballot in person, they should submit an application for a mail-in ballot (see above) or contact the local Board of Elections.
- By mail. Voters can have the ballot sent to any address they choose.
- Voters can also contact their local election office and arrange to pick-up their ballots in person. Voters can pick it up themselves or have a designated agent pick up the ballot for them. (Keep in mind the above warning regarding the possible closure of the State Board of Elections and local board offices due to Covid-19).
Casting a mail-in ballot: To cast a vote by mail-in ballot, the voter can:
- Mail the voted ballot.
- Annapolis— Mail-in ballot that are returned by mail must be post marked by November 2 and received by the Board from the U.S. Postal Service by November 9 at 10am.
- Frederick— Mail in ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked by November 2 and received by the Board from the U.S. Postal Service on or before 4:30pm on November 5.
- Drop at a ballot drop off box. Mail in ballots may be placed in a dropbox before 8pm on November 2. Dropboxes may be found at:
- City Council Chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library, 1410 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Olive Community Life Center, 2. Hicks Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401
- American Legion Post #141, 1707 Forest Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Ln, Annapolis, MD 21403
- Eastport Community Center, 1014 President St, Annapolis, MD 21403
- Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD
- Eastport Volunteer Fire Hall, 914 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403
- Trinity School Voting Center, 6040 New Design Road
- Frederick County Board of Elections Office, 340A Montevue Lane
- Talley Recreation Center, 121 North Bentz Street
- Hillcrest Commons, 1150 Orchard Terrace
- Housing Authority Office, 209 Madison Street
- Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike(outside Student Activities Building)
- Governor Thomas Johnson High School, 1501 North Market Street
- Voters cannot email or fax their voted mail-in ballot.
- Voters in Frederick can track their mail-in ballot here: https://coftracking.azurewebsites.net
Mail-in ballot never arrived. If you are a registered voter, and have verified on the voter look-up website that your address is correct, wait a few days. Your ballot may be in transit. If the election is two weeks away and you have not received your ballot, please contact your local board of elections. A representative of your local board can help you.
Voters in Frederick can track their mail-in ballot here: https://coftracking.azurewebsites.net
Voters will be asked to show identification in certain limited circumstances:
- A voter registered by mail and has not previously met the identification requirements;
- Someone in the voting center challenges a voter’s identity.
- A voter who registered to vote or changed his/her address during early voting or on Election Day will need to show proof of residency.
Acceptable identification includes:
- A current and valid Maryland driver’s license;
- A current and valid ID issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration;
- A current and valid student ID;
- A current and valid employee ID;
- A current and valid military ID;
- A current and valid U.S. passport;
- Any other current and valid Maryland- or federal government-issued photo ID; or
- A current (i.e., from within the last three months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the individual.
Voters who cannot provide identification or proof of residency may have to vote a provisional ballot. Voters can provide identification and/or proof of residence to the local board of elections up until 10 a.m. on November 11 in order to have their provisional ballot counted.
After the election, the voter can track his/her provisional ballot to find out if it was counted.
In general, voters can update their address through the Maryland Online Voter Registration System, submitting a voter registration application, or by contacting their local board of elections.
- Annapolis: Changes of registration made after October 4, 2021, are not effective for the November 2 elections.
- Frederick: Change of registration made after October 4, 2021, are not effective for the November 2 elections. Registered voters who move from the precinct in which they are registered are required to notify the Frederick Country Board of Elections office, in writing, of the address to which the voter has moved, within 30 days of moving.
Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States.
Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot: Military and overseas voters may register to vote and request and obtain a ballot in several ways. To register, they may register online, or fill out and mail a Maryland voter registration form, which must be postmarked by October 4, 2021. Military and overseas voters can also fill out a Federal Post Card Application (“FPCA”) and send it to the local board of election where they last resided in Maryland. The FPCA must be received by October 4, 2021, whether returned by mail, email, or fax. If registering for the first time, the voter will have to mail the FPCA because election officials need an original signature on file.
The Federal Post Card Application allows eligible military or overseas voters to simultaneously register and request their mail-in ballot. However, if an eligible voter registers with a state voter registration form, they must separately register for a mail-in ballot. The deadlines for registering to vote (postmarked by October 4) and for applying for mail-in ballots (received by October 29 (Annapolis) and October 22 (Frederick, if the ballot is to be mailed)) are the same as for in-state Maryland residents.
Receiving an Absentee ballot: Military and overseas voters may receive their mail-in ballots by mail, email/online or fax. To request electronic transmission of the blank ballot, military and overseas voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address or fax number on the Federal Post Card Application.
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot: The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that military and overseas voters may use. These voters may use the FWAB whether they are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that they are away from their voting residence for service-related activities, or if they are a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S. who registered and requested an absentee ballot by the request deadline. If they do not receive their regular ballot in time, they may use the FWAB.
Casting an Absentee Ballot: According to the State Division of Election’s website, ballots may only be returned by mail or hand-delivery. Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by November 2 and received by 10am on November 9 (Annapolis) or 4:30pm on November 5 (Frederick); ballots can be hand-delivered to the local board of elections, a ballot drop off box, an early voting center, or an Election Day vote center by the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website: (https://www.fvap.gov/maryland).
Maryland law permits persons with a felony conviction to vote so long as they are not currently incarcerated. For the purposes of eligibility to register to vote, convictions include federal, state and out-of-state convictions. Note that this does not apply if you have been convicting of buying or selling votes. Such voters must complete a new voter registration form once they become eligible and mail or hand-deliver it by October 4, 2021.
Pretrial detainees who have not yet been convicted and persons with misdemeanor convictions are not disqualified from voting. Like all other qualified voters, those serving jail time in pretrial detention or on misdemeanor convictions may apply for and cast a mail-in ballot.
Will the Polling Place Be Accessible?
All of the early voting centers are accessible to voters with disabilities. A voter can contact his/her local board of elections and inquire about which Election Day vote centers are accessible in the voter’s county.
Can a Voter Get Assistance at the Polls?
If requested by the voter, the election judges may instruct the voter in how to operate the voting machine before the voter enters the voting machine booth.
Assistance in marking ballots or operating the voting machine may be given only to those who are unable to read the English language or write or who are blind, have impaired vision or are otherwise incapable from physical disability from marking the ballot or operating the voting machine. The voter must file an affidavit affirming the facts that allow the voter to receive assistance in voting and the affidavit must be accepted by a majority of the election judges. The voter may receive assistance from any person that the voter may select or from two judges of opposite political parties. The voter may only receive assistance with marking the ballot or operating the machine as the voter directs.
- Annapolis: Other than someone permitted to assist the voter, no one over the age of five may accompany a voter into the voting booth or machine.
Frederick: A voter may not be assisted by a candidate, the voter’s employer or an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. A voter many not be accompanied into a voting booth by an individual at least 12 years old.
Can a Voter Get Assistance with Mail-in Voting?
- Annapolis: Yes. A voter may get assistance with the completion of the mail-in ballot but the assistant must certify that the person that they are assisting is entitled to vote in Annapolis, and that such person requires assistance in voting because they are blind, physically disabled or has impaired vision and for one of these reasons is unable to mark a mail-in ballot. The certification must be signed by the assistant and returned with the mail-in ballot. The certification is available at: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19615/Certification-of-Person-Assisting-Mail-In-Voter
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