Maryland Voter Information: 2016 Primary Election

How Can I Vote?

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 26th. You can find your Election Day polling place at:

Early voting and in-person absentee voting began Thursday, April 14th and runs through Thursday, April 21st, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day. You can vote at any early voting center in the county where you live.

For the first time this year, you can register to vote at an Early Voting location and vote on the same day. (Same-day registration is NOT available if you vote on the Primary Election Day, April 26th. So, if you are not yet registered, early voting is the only way you can vote in the 2016 primary.)

To vote in the congressional and presidential races, you must be registered with either the Democratic or Republican Party.

The deadline to switch your party registration was April 5th. While you can register to vote during early voting, you cannot switch your party affiliation during early voting. Any registered voter can vote in certain non-partisan races (i.e. for school board) in the primary election.

If you’re already registered, you can just show up at the appropriate early voting site and vote. But if you need to register, the State Board of Elections says you need to bring one of the following documents to prove where you live:

  • Your Maryland driver’s license or ID card;
  • A change of address card;
  • A paycheck;
  • A utility bill;
  • Some other government document with your name and address.

Early Voting FAQ:

For any other voting questions, go to:

Where Do Candidates Stand on Climate?

Ahead of the April 26th primary, the CCAN Action Fund asked all the candidates in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race, and Maryland’s District 4 and District 8 Congressional races, to respond to a survey about global warming and clean energy. Several responded, providing answers that we hope will help you understand their positions.

Click below to view the summary and full text of the candidates’ survey responses:

You’ll find a list of all the candidates, including those who didn’t respond, with links to their websites to learn more.

Candidates’ fitness for office should be judged on a variety of qualifications that go beyond their responses contained in this survey. We do not endorse candidates.

Maryland U.S. Senate Candidate Response

Maryland U.S. Congressional District 4 Candidate Response

Maryland U.S. Congressional District 8 Candidate Response