2020 Voting Resources Guide
Harford and Cecil County

Register to Vote

Am I eligible to register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

  1. A U.S. citizen;
  2. A Maryland resident; and
  3. At least 16 years old.*

* Note: You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old (but still must be 18 years old by the next general election to vote).

You cannot register if you have been:

  • Convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Are under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote; or
  • Convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment.

Can I register to vote if I have been convicted of a crime?

Yes, you are eligible to register to vote once you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment. For the purposes of eligibility to register to vote, convictions include federal, state and out-of-state convictions.

When is the deadline to register to vote, update my address, or change my party?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 is the deadline to register to vote, update your address, or change your party. If you are not able to register by October 13, you can still register and vote during early voting and on election day.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote in-person during early voting and on Election Day. You will need to bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document that has your name and current address.

Do I need identification to register to vote?

Online Application

You must enter your MD driver’s license number (or MVA-issued state ID number), the date MVA issued your license (or ID card), and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Paper Application

You must enter your MD driver’s license number (or MVA-issued state ID number) and the date MVA issued your license (or ID card) if you have one. If you don’t have an MD driver’s license (or ID card), you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either number, you can still apply! Check box 6c on the application. Note: You might be required to show ID before voting for the first time.

If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail (and didn’t provide an MD driver’s license number or MVA-issued state ID number), you may need to bring and show one of the following documents that has your full name and address with you when go to vote:

  • Driver’s license
  • Federal or state ID card
  • MVA ID card
  • Student/employee/military ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document

If you’ve voted in Maryland before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote.

Where to Vote In Person in Harford and Cecil County

If you vote in person, please remember to wear a mask and keep as much physical distance as possible.

Early Voting

October 26 – November 2, 2020
7 am to 8 pm

Voting is available on both Saturday and Sunday. You can vote at any early voting location in the county where you live.

Harford County Early Voting Centers

  1. Aberdeen Activity Center 7 Franklin Street, Aberdeen, 21001
  2. Jarrettsville Fire Hall 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, 21084
  3. McFaul Activity Center 525 W MacPhail Road, Bel Air, 21014
  4. NEW: Edgewood Recreation & Community Center 1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood, 21040

Cecil County Early Voting Center

The only early voting center in Cecil County is the Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
7 am to 8 pm

For the 2020 election only, you can vote at any voting center in the county where you live on election day.

The locations listed below are proposed & subject to approval by the Maryland Board of Elections. Final approved locations will be posted on the State of Maryland Board of Elections’ website https://www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.

Harford County Election Day Voting Centers

  1. Aberdeen Activity Center 7 Franklin Street, Aberdeen, 21001
  2. Jarrettsville Fire Hall 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, 21084
  3. McFaul Activity Center 525 W MacPhail Road, Bel Air, 21014
  4. Edgewood Recreation & Community Center 1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood, 21040
  5. Aberdeen High School 251 Paradise Rd, Aberdeen, 21001
  6. Bel Air High School 100 Heighe St, Bel Air, 21014
  7. C. Milton Wright High School 1301 N Fountain Green Rd, Bel Air, 21015
  8. Harford Technical High School 200 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, 21015
  9. Fallston High School 2301 Carrs Mill Rd, Fallston, 21047
  10. Havre de Grace High School 700 Congress Ave, Havre De Grace, 21078
  11. Forest Lakes Elementary Forest Hill 100 Osborne Pkwy, Forest Hill, 21050
  12. Patterson Mill Middle High School 85 Patterson Mill Rd, Bel Air, 21015
  13. Dublin Elementary School 1527 Whiteford Rd, Street, 21154
  14. North Harford High School 211 Pylesville Rd, Pylesville, 21132
  15. Edgewood High School 2415 Willoughby Beach Rd, Edgewood, 21040
  16. Joppatowne Elementary School 407 Trimble Rd, Joppa, 21085
  17. Riverside Elementary School 211 Stillmeadow Dr, Joppa, 21085
  18. William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School 2706 Philadelphia Rd, Abingdon, 21009

Cecil County Election Day Voting Centers

Cecil County has not released proposed locations for election day; these are the locations where there will be drop boxes, so it is likely they will be used on election days.

  1. Bohemia Manor High School 2755 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City, 21915
  2. Cecil County Administration Building 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, 21921
  3. Elkton High School 110 James Street, Elkton, 21921
  4. North East High School 300 Irishtown Road, North East, 21901
  5. Perryville High School 1696 Perryville Road, Perryville, 21903
  6. Rising Sun High School 100 Tiger Drive, North East, 21901

Secure Ballot Drop Box Locations

You must submit your mail-in (absentee) ballot in the county you are registered in.

The locations listed below are proposed & subject to approval by the Maryland Board of Elections. Final approved locations will be posted on the State of Maryland Board of Elections’ website https://www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html.

Harford County

  1. Aberdeen Activity Center 7 Franklin Street, Aberdeen, 21001
  2. Jarrettsville Fire Hall 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, 21084
  3. McFaul Activity Center 525 W MacPhail Road, Bel Air, 21014
  4. Edgewood Recreation & Community Center 1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood, 21040
  5. Harford County Board of Elections 133 Industry Lane Forest Hill 21050

Cecil County

  1. Bohemia Manor High School 2755 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City, 21915
  2. Cecil County Administration Building 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, 21921
  3. Elkton High School 110 James Street, Elkton, 21921
  4. North East High School 300 Irishtown Road, North East, 21901
  5. Perryville High School 1696 Perryville Road, Perryville, 21903
  6. Rising Sun High School 100 Tiger Drive, North East, 21901

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

A recent change in law requires the Maryland State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as “mail-in ballots” and absentee voting as “mail-in voting.” Please note that this change in terminology does not change the process of mail-in voting.

Will I get a ballot mailed to me automatically?

For the 2020 election, you will not receive a ballot in the mail unless you request one. You must request a mail-ballot by October 20 or you will need to visit your local Board of Elections office to complete the application in person.

When you are asked how you want your mail-in ballot delivered, it is strongly recommended to select “By Mail.” If you select electronic (email) or fax, the ballot will not be able to be scanned in. Your ballot selections on an email or fax ballot will be transferred to a scannable ballot by a bipartisan team, which can cause a huge backlog if a lot of people opt to receive their ballot by email or fax. Ballots that come in the mail are scannable (do not need to be transferred). If you already submitted an application for an email or fax ballot and wish to receive a ballot by mail, you can submit a second application (it will override the first application).

When will I get my ballot?

Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out beginning to military/overseas voters on September 18, and then to all other voters soon after. If you requested a ballot but have not received it, and have verified on the voter look-up website that your ballot has been sent, wait a few days. Your ballot may be in transit. If the election is one week away and you haven’t received your ballot yet, please contact your local board of elections.

How do I complete a mail-in ballot?

Complete your ballot as soon as possible after you receive it. Remember to use black ink to mark your ballot and sign your oath on the return envelope or your ballot will not count (do not sign the actual ballot). 

The ballot return envelope has prepaid postage. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3 and received by the local board of elections by 10 am on November 13. Link for mail-in voting.

I am worried about my ballot getting lost in the mail. Can I deliver it myself to the polls?

If you prefer to drop off your voted ballot at a physical location, you can use a secure ballot drop box. There is at least one box for each county in Maryland. Ballot boxes are scheduled to be available from October 1 to November 3 (remember that the boxes close at 8 pm on election day).

Are ballot boxes safe?

Ballot boxes are monitored 24/7 by surveillance and emptied 2-3 times (or more as needed) per day. Police also drive by the box locations regularly.

What if I made a mistake on my ballot?

If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can contact the board of elections in your county for a new mail in ballot, or visit a voting center and vote provisionally. A provisional ballot will not be scanned at the polling place on the day you vote, but reviewed after election day to ensure you did not submit both a mail-in ballot and a provisional ballot.

Learn more about the provisional voting process at https://www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html.

How do I know my vote will be counted?

Every ballot (including provisional and mail-in) is reviewed and counted even if they will not change the outcome of an election.
To verify that your mail-in or provisional ballot was counted, go to https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.

Enter your information, select “search,” then select “Status of My Mailed-In or Provisional Ballot.”

What if I need help voting?

Maryland is committed to making voting accessible to all voters. All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities. To learn more about voting by mail or voting in person, click here.