For many Marylanders, the election process can seem complex at best and downright bewildering at worst. The unfortunate side effect of this confusion is that many people decide not to participate in elections at the state or local level, and only do so grudgingly when it’s time to elect a new President of the United States.

Sharing important Maryland election information can help demystify the election process and make Marylanders feel more comfortable engaging in this essential expression of American freedom. Even something as simple as knowing when specific election days will occur and where their polling place will be may be sufficient to encourage more people to get out and vote.

Beyond the basic nuts and bolts of the voting process, Marylanders must also be able to access unbiased information about each candidate with relative ease. This is a crucial element that helps voters make educated decisions about who they want representing them on a local, state and federal level.

Finding unbiased information on political officials is a challenging endeavor, but well-balanced voter education materials do exist. For instance, non-partisan publications such as Roll Call examine

Maryland legislators’ policy decisions and ranks them based on their support for economic growth initiatives. Such tools are useful for helping voters gain a clearer perspective on precisely where their representatives stand.

Maryland Election Information for New Voters

Whether an individual is just turning 18 or he or she has recently become an official citizen of Maryland, it’s vital that he or she has access to Maryland election information that will allow the voter to fully participate in the democratic process of electing state and federal representatives.

Registering to vote is the first step. The voter registration process is examined in further detail on our Maryland Voting Information page.

The next step is learning how the Maryland state government operates, information that can be found on our Maryland Government 101 page.