Do you know where your polling place is? Check out the polling place look-up site to find out.


Register and Vote

Register to Vote/Update Registration –  New registrations, address changes, and changes of party affiliation Register Online

Voter Registration and Mail-in Ballot Request – Overview video on how to navigate website

Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities –  ADA requirements for polling locations and accessibility of the voting process

Check your voter status? – Have you moved recently? Changed your name? Do you wish to change your party affiliation? Check your voter status to make sure all your information is up to date!

Early Voting – Who, when and where to vote early

Election Calendar – Cecil County Board of Election website.

Election Day Frequently Asked Questions – What you need to know before voting, while voting, after voting, and other rules and information


How to Vote

Absentee Information

Note:  There is also no early voting or drop box at Calvert Elementary this year
2022 Early drop in ballot locations now at:
  • The County Administration Building 200 Chesapeake Boulevard. Elkton, MD
  • North East Middle School
  • Rising Sun Middle School,
  • Perryville Middle School, Bohemia Manor Middle/HS. 
  • Cecil Arena 2706 North East Road North East, Maryland 21901

To vote by mail, you must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections or your local board. Your request for a mail-in ballot for the Gubernatorial General Election must be received by November 1, 2022.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated ballot drop box by 8 pm on November 8, 2022 for the Gubernatorial General Election.

To vote in person, Marylanders can vote during early voting or on election day:

• Early voting will be held for 8 days and begin on Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 7 am until 8 pm for the Gubernatorial General Election. You can vote early at any early voting center in the county you live in.

• The Gubernatorial General Election Day is November 8, 2022. To vote in person on election days, vote at your assigned polling place.

Below you will find information on:
To request an absentee ballot application from the Cecil County Board of Elections, call (410) 996-5310 or contact Cecil County Board of Election
Voters may also visit to request an absentee ballot online, to print an application, or for more information.
If a voter misses the applicable deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at the Cecil County Board of Elections.
For more information, please contact the Cecil County Board of Elections at 410-996-5310 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or

Frequently Asked Questions

The Democratic and Republican Parties are required to use primary elections to choose their candidates for the general election. Although it is up to the parties to decide who may vote in their primaries, generally only registered voters affiliated with the Democratic or Republican Parties may vote in that party’s primary election.


What is the difference between an open and closed primary election?
An Open Primary is a primary election that does not require voters to be affiliated with a political party in order to vote for partisan candidates. In traditional open primaries, voters may select one party’s ballot and vote for that party’s nomination.
Closed Primary is a primary election wherein voters choose candidates who are affiliated with the same political party to run in the general election. This system deters “cross-over” voting by members of other parties, which preserves a party’s freedom of association and ensuring that only members of the party influence who is nominated for that party.


Is Maryland a closed primary state?
Generally, Maryland has closed primary elections, therefore, voters must be affiliated with either the majority or minority political party to vote in the primary. However, if there are non-partisan offices that are included on a primary election ballot (i.e. school board), any voter can vote for these offices.
State law allows political parties to choose whether to hold an open or closed primary. If a political party chooses to open their primary election, they must provide notice to the State board of Elections six months before the primary election is held.


Do I have to affiliate with a political party? Can I vote in the primary election?
No, you do not have to affiliate with a specific party. If you choose to not select a political party on your voter registration application, you will be “unaffiliated” with any political party. Due to Maryland having closed primaries, unaffiliated voters will generally not be able to vote in party primary elections, but they will be able to vote in any nonpartisan primary election that is held in their jurisdiction (i.e. selecting nominees for the board of education).


May I change political parties?
Yes, except during the 21 days prior to the Primary Election.
For the 2022 Primary Election, the deadline to change your party affiliation is Tuesday, June 7, 2022. For the 2022 General Election, the deadline to change your party affiliation is Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

If a party affiliation change request is submitted past the deadline, the local board will be unable to process the request until registration reopens; this means that the party affiliation change will not go into effect until after the Primary Election.


To change your party affiliation use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a Voter Registration Application or written request (signature required) to your local election office.
Cecil County Board of Elections
200 Chesapeake Blvd. Suite 1900
Elkton, Maryland 21921
Other Resources:
National Political Party Websites:
Maryland Political Party Websites: