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Maryland residents have until May 27 to register to vote in June 2 primary; Voting to be done by mail

In late March, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the state’s primary election would be delayed from April 28 until June 2 in light of orders reducing public gatherings and public contact.

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) is continuing to remind state voters that they will vote in the presidential primary election on Tuesday, June 2 under new procedures meant to protect public health.

“These changes are made to ensure voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote while also safeguarding the public’s health during this pandemic,” state election officials said.

Maryland will hold the election primarily by mail, with at least one in-person voting location in every county for those who are unable to vote by mail.

The State Board of Elections has said they will mail ballots to all eligible voters, and voters will not need to put postage on completed ballots to return them. Ballots must be returned by June 2.

Voters will not have to request a ballot. They will be mailed in early to mid-May to all eligible active voters.

If a voter has already requested an absentee ballot, they will be sent one along with all other ballots.

No identification is needed to receive or send in a ballot, except in a small number of cases.

State residents who are not sure if they’re registered to vote or if their registration is up to date, they should call 1-800-222-8683 and ask a State Board of Elections staff member to check the registration. Residents can also check online by visiting www.elections.maryland.gov and clicking “Look up your Voter Info.”

It is possible to register to vote online. Residents can go to “Register to Vote” on the state elections website to get more information. Voter registration must be completed by May 27 in order to vote in the June primary. That’s also the deadline to change an address on a voter registration or change a party affiliation.

Voters who cast ballots by mail can check on their status of their ballot by visiting the state election website and clicking “Look up your Voter Info” or call 1-800-222-8683 to speak to a state representative.

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