Governor O’Malley highlighted the many ways Marylanders can register to vote and the importance of participating in the 2014 elections in Maryland. The deadline to register to vote for the 2014 elections is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
“Government works best when more people participate at the ballot box,” said Gov. O’Malley. “We’re doing more, not less, to give young people, the mentally disabled, our military, and so many others the opportunity to make their voices heard in their communities, and exercise what Dr. Martin Luther King called, ‘civil right number one’ — the right to vote.”
Over the last seven years, the O’Malley-Brown Administration has taken action to expand access to voting, and to make the process simple and easy for all eligible voters in the State of Maryland. Governor O’Malley proposed and signed legislation allowing for same-day registration in the 2016 elections. In 2011, he signed legislation establishing online voter registration, and since implementation, the system has registered over 70,000 voters. During the 2012 election cycle, 108,000 Marylanders used the system to register or modify their voter registration.
The O’Malley-Brown Administration has also worked tirelessly to protect and secure the people’s right to vote. In 2007, Governor O’Malley signed legislation restoring voting rights to an estimated 52,000 individuals who completed court-ordered sentences, including parole or probation for a felony conviction. Maryland also passed legislation allowing residents who at least 16 years of age to register to vote and allow other young Marylanders to participate in primaries as long as their 18th birthday comes before the general election that same year.
Maryland also established protections through an amendment in 2010 clearing the way for mentally disabled individuals under guardianship to get registered to vote. As a result, a court must find clear and convincing evidence that an individual cannot communicate their desire to vote. Additionally, working with a bipartisan coalition in the General Assembly, Governor O’Malley signed legislation moving state and presidential primaries to dates earlier in the year, which also ensures that members of the military have enough time to vote under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. More information on the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to protect and secure the people’s right to vote can be found here.
Marylanders can register to vote online or complete a voter registration application at:
- Online at http://www.elections.maryland.gov
- Local board of elections
- The State Board of Elections
- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- The Department of Social Services
- The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
- Offices on Aging
- The MTA Paratransit Certification Office
- All public institutions of higher education
- Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Marriage license offices (including County Clerk’s offices)
- Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities