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State-Specific Election Information

Since some members of Maryland UU congregations live in neighboring states and others may be supporting election efforts in these states, we will provide election information specific to them below. Updates will be provided when we have them.

Maryland

Info from the Maryland State Board of Elections:

  • The 2024 Primary Election will be held May 14, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    • To register to vote, change party affiliation, or to check your registration status for the General Election, click here (advancd deadline April 23, 2024)

      • Same day registration during early voting or on election day is also available, but it must be done at a polling place

    • Deadline for Election Boards to send Mail-In Ballots to voters: April 1, 2024.

    • Deadline to request a Mail-In Ballot: May 7, 2024

    • Early Voting for the Primary Election - Thursday, May 2, 2024 through Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 7 am until 8 pm.​

  • The 2024 General Election will be held on November 5, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

    • From the 2023 Legislative Session there will be one ballot question to appear on the general election ballots. During the 2024 Legislative Session additional questions may be added. The Secretary of State is responsible for preparing and certifying the statewide ballot question language not later than Friday, August 2, 2024. Additionally, local ballot questions may appear in certain counties. When they become available, they will be added to this section of our website.

    • To register to vote or to check your registration status for the General Election, click here (advancd deadline October 15, 2024*)

      • Same day registration during early voting or on election day is also available, but it must be done at a polling place 

    • Deadline for Election Boards to send Mail-In Ballots to voters: September 23, 2024.

    • Deadline to request a Mail-In Ballot:  October 29, 2024

    • Early Voting for the General Election - Thursday, October 24, 2024 through Thursday, October 31, 2024 from 7 am until 8 pm.

  • Requesting a Mail-in Ballot (must be received by the Board of Elections by October 29, 2024

  • Vote by Mail (Mail-in Ballot) 

    • Complete your Ballot 

    • Sign It, Seal It, Send It 

      • Return your Ballot 

  • Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated drop box by 8 pm on November 5, 2024

  • Accessible Voting -  All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities. 

Details 

To register to vote in Maryland you must:  

  • be a U.S. citizen  

  • be a Maryland resident  

  • be at least 18 years old by the next general election  

  • not be under guardianship for mental disability  

  • not have been convicted of buying or selling votes  

  • not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment (you may still vote if on parole or probation for the conviction)  

Voting by Mail  

No Excuse Required - Anyone may request an absentee/mail-in ballot without providing a reason. the State Board of Elections has sent out applications for a mail-in ballot to all registered voters. If you did not get one or prefer to apply online, you can do so. Just make sure that you request a ballot be mailed to you. If you request one be sent to you electronically so you can print it at home, it cannot be scanned, and will require manual marking of a paper ballot to match your chjoices before it can be recorded. Even though the MSBE has decided to start counting mail-in ballots on October 1, we want to avoid anything that could delay the results. 

 

Your request for a mail-in ballot must be received by October 29, 2024

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated drop box by 8 pm on November 5, 2024. 

Delivery - the law permits an absentee ballot to be returned by a designated agent ( “An agent of the voter . . . must be at least 18 years old; may not be a candidate on that ballot; shall be designated in a writing signed by the voter under penalty of perjury; and shall execute an affidavit under penalty of perjury that the ballot was: delivered to the voter who submitted the application; marked and placed in an envelope by the voter, or with assistance as allowed by regulation, in the agent's presence; and returned to the local board by the agent.”)  

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center  

Pennsylvania 

To register in Pennsylvania you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States at least one month before the next election 

  • be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district at least 30 days before Election Day 

  • be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election 

  • not be incarcerated after conviction for a felony (your voting rights are restored immediately after incarceration) 

2024 Elections

Primary Election, April 23, 2024 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

  • Registration deadlines: ​

  • Same Day registration is only available:

    • in-person at the general registrar’s office for your locality

    • at your satellite early voting site during the early voting period

    • at your precinct on Election Day.

  • No ​Early Voting

  • Absentee Voting:

    • Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications: April 16, 2024

    • Request here.

    • Mail-in ballot must be received by election day, April 23, 2024

General Election, November 5, 2024 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

  • Registration deadlines: ​

  • Same Day registration is only available:

    • in-person at the general registrar’s office for your locality

    • at your satellite early voting site during the early voting period

    • at your precinct on Election Day.

  • No ​Early Voting

  • Absentee Voting:

    • ​Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications: October 29, 2024

    • Request here.

    • Mail-in ballots must be received by election day,November 5, 2024.

Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in Pennsylvania

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center 

Virginia

To register in Virginia you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States; 

  • be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct in which you want to vote; 

  • be 18 years old by the next general election; 

  • not have been convicted of a felony, or have had your civil rights restored by the Governor; and 

  • not currently be declared incapacitated by a court. 

2024 Elections

Primary Election, March 5, 2024 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Registration deadlines: ​

    • To vote in the Primary Election: February 12, 2024 (Voters may register after this date, through Election Day, and vote using a provisional ballot).

    • Register here

    • Polling Place Lookup

  • Same Day registration is only available:

    • in-person at the general registrar’s office for your locality

    • at your satellite early voting site during the early voting period

    • at your precinct on Election Day.

  • Early Voting in Person: February 24 - March 2, 2024 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at your local voter registration office

  • Absentee Voting:

    • Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications: February 23, 2024

    • Request here.

 

General Election, November 5, 2024 - 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Registration deadlines: ​

    • To vote in the General Election: October 15, 2024 (Voters may register after this date, through Election Day, and vote using a provisional ballot).

    • Register here

    • Polling Place Lookup

  • Same Day registration is only available:

    • in-person at the general registrar’s office for your locality

    • at your satellite early voting site during the early voting period

    • at your precinct on Election Day.

  • Early Voting in Person: October 26 - November 2, 2024 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at your local voter registration office

  • Absentee Voting:

    • Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications: October 25, 2024

    • Request here.

 

​​​​Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in Virginia

Absentee voting by Mail

  • No Excuse Required – (“A voter who becomes incapacitated just before Election Day may vote by emergency ballot and designate a representative to deliver the ballot and return the marked ballot.”) 

  • Deadline to request a mail-in ballot: October 28, 2024

  • Apply for absentee ballot here.

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center

West Virginia 

To register in West Virginia you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States 

  • live in West Virginia in the county in which you are registering 

  • be 18 years old, or to vote in the primary be 17 years old and turning 18 before the general election 

  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason, or election bribery 

  • not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of competent jurisdiction 

2024 Elections

Primary Election, May 24, 20246:30 am to 7:30 pm

  • Registration deadlines: ​

    • To vote in the Primary Election: April 23, 2024

    • No same day registration 

  • Early Voting in Person: May 1 - May 11, 2024 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the county courthouse, an annex or a designated community voting location

  • Absentee Voting:

    • Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications: May 8, 2024

    • Request here.

    • Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office: May 13, 2024 (or postmarked by election day).

General Election, November 5, 2024 - 6:30 am to 7:30 pm

  • Registration deadlines: ​

    • To vote in the General Election: October 15, 2024

    • No same day registration

  • Early Voting in Person: October 23-November 2, 2024 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the county courthouse, an annex or a designated community voting location

  • Absentee Voting:

    • Deadline to request absentee ballot: October 30, 2024.

    • Request here.

    • Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office: November 4, 2024 (or postmarked by election day).

Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in West Virginia

Absentee Voting –Excuse Required:

Voters not able to vote in person during Early Voting or Election Day due to one of the following circumstances may vote an absentee ballot by mail:    

  • Illness, injury or other medical reason (includes confinement due to COVID-19*)

  • Immobility due to a disability or “extreme advanced age” (this term is undefined in law; immobilized voters must self-identify)

  • Incarceration or home detention (does not include individuals serving a sentence following conviction of a felony, treason, or election bribery)

  • Work hours and distance from county seat  

  • Inaccessible early voting site and polling place  

  • Personal or business travel**  

  • Attendance at college or other place of education or training**  

  • Temporary residence outside of the county**  

  • Service as an elected or appointed state or federal official**  

 

* For voters who take precautions due to COVID-19, the term “confinement” does not require strict, uninterrupted isolation for determining eligibility. Voters with certain medical conditions at high risk of suffering severe illness from COVID-19, and their caregivers, who are taking good-faith precautions to limit exposure to other individuals by following official guidance from state and federal health officials are eligible to vote absentee. See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for more details: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medicalconditions.html (Last updated May 2, 2022).  

** indicates that the voter must receive ballot at an address outside of the county.

Emergency Absentee Voting - Excuse Required:

  • Voter is in the hospital on E​lection Day;

  • Voter is a replacement poll worker appointed after the period for Early Voting;

  • Voter is in a licensed health care facilities within an adjacent county or within 35 miles of the county seat (county policy required;)

  • Voter is in nursing home within the county if he or she has resided there for a period of less than 30 days (county policy required); or

  • Voter becomes confined, on or after the seventh day preceding an election, to a specific location within the county because of illness, injury, physical disability, or immobility due to advance age or other medical reason(county policy required).

Additional Requirements: Excuse Required - (“No person may hand deliver more than two absentee ballots in any election and any person hand delivering an absentee ballot is required to certify that he or she has not examined or altered the ballot. Any person who makes a false certification violates the provisions of article nine of this chapter and is subject to those provisions.”). A complete list of the eligibility requirements and information relating to the different forms and qualifications for absentee voting in West Virginia may be viewed at the following link: Eligibility For Absentee Voting in West Virginia.

Election Day Voting – November 5, 2024, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Polling places: lookup here

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center​

To register in West Virginia you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States 

  • live in West Virginia in the county in which you are registering 

  • be 18 years old, or to vote in the primary be 17 years old and turning 18 before the general election 

  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason, or election bribery 

  • not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of competent jurisdiction 

Delaware

To register in Delaware you must: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States, and

  • Be a resident of the state, and

  • Be 18 years old on or before the date of the next General Election

 

Voter Portal to Register to vote, Request an Absentee Ballot, and more​

2024 Elections:

  • Primary: April 2, 2024 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

    • Early Voting:

      • March 20-24, 2024: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

      • March 25-28 and 30, 2024: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm ​

    • Mail-In Voting: Deadline for election board to issue Mail-In ballots to voters: April 1, 2024​

  • General: November 5, 2024 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

    • Early Voting:​

      • October 25-29, 2024: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

      • October 30-November 3, 2024: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

    • Mail-in Voting: Deadline for election board to issue Mail-In ballots to voters: September 9, 2024

  • Election Day Voting Places can be found here.

Registration deadlines: 

  • To change party affiliation ahead of Primary: February 2, 2024

  • To vote in the Primary Election: March 9, 2024

  • To vote in the General Election: November 4, 2024 

  • No same day registration

Vote by Mail – Excuse Required to vote "Absentee"

  • Possible grounds:

    • "Due to the nature of my business or occupation.  This reason includes:  

      • the business or occupation of providing care to my parent, spouse, or child who is living at home and requires constant care due to illness, disability, or injury;  

      • students; and  

      • otherwise eligible persons who are incarcerated."

    • “I am sick, or temporarily or permanently physically disabled”

    • "I am absent from the district while on vacation"

  • Mail-in ballot request forms and additional information are available here

  • Mail-in ballot request forms must be received no later than four days before the election.

  • Completed mail-in ballots must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day

Voter ID - See Voting Guide from Fair Elections Center​

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