Old Line State

Fatti maschii, parole femine (Strong deeds, gentle words)


1,127,363 mail ballots were requested in Maryland in 2020, and 908,454 were returned. A total of over 3,030,000 votes were cast in Maryland, putting overall state turnout at about 70%. The state voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden, who won its 10 electoral votes with 65.4% of the popular vote. Maryland has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1992.

Maryland has a bicameral legislature with 47 senators and 141 delegates. Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 1992. Governor Larry Hogan (R) is not eligible for re-election in 2022, due to term limits.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoAbsentee ballot request forms were sent to all qualified voters in the general election.HB1048 and SB0683 (both enacted) make all voters eligible for permanent absentee ballot status on request at any time.
DeadlineIf ballot sent by mail or fax; the Tuesday before Election Day.
If ballot sent electronically; the Friday before Election Day.
If voter's agent applies for absentee ballot in person; the closing of the polls on Election Day.
October 20, 2020 (No Changes)No Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1, unless application for permanent absentee status.No Changes.HB1048 and SB0683 (both enacted) make all voters eligible for permanent absentee ballot status on request at any time.

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Maryland averages a 30% rating, reflecting its more left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.