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Date: Jun 4, 2018

How and When to Register or Change Polling Place

(Posted at the request of the Baltimore County Board of Elections)

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

To vote in the upcoming primary election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the November 6 General Election – must register by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation. 

Baltimore County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online at

Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information. 

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Baltimore County Board of Elections, 11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 9p.m. on June 5, 2018, and a mailed application must be postmarked by June 5, 2018. 

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Local boards of elections
  • Local Department of Social Services offices
  • Marriage license bureaus
  • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
  • Offices on Aging
  • Post offices
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • Public libraries
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • State Board of Elections
  • State Department of Health offices
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification office

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application at:  

Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities.  An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place.  This request must be submitted in writing by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  The request form is available online at

Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail.  On receipt of a timely request, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.  

To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit:

The 2018 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and the General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Voters can vote in person at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence.  Early voting locations and hours and additional election-related dates and information are available at:

  • Early voting dates:
    • Primary Election – June 14 through June 21
    • General Election – October 25 through November 1

For more information, voters may contact the Baltimore County Board of Election at 410.887.5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit

By Sherry Kolbe, Manager, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Medicare is mailing new cards to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number. The new Medicare cards remove Social Security numbers to make them safer.

The new cards will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to each individual. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail your new card at no cost to the address you have on file with Social Security. There’s nothing you need to do. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online my Social Security account.

Three Action Steps

Once you get your new Medicare card, take these three steps to make it harder for someone to steal your information and identity:

  1. Destroy your old Medicare card right away. Shred it or cut it so no one can see your Social Security number, even in the trash or recycling.
  2. Use your new card. Doctors, other health care providers and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards. They are ready to accept your new card when you need care.
  3. Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

For Information

For more information about your new Medicare card, visit You can also visit for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.

Revised September 11, 2017