Maryland poised to become the 18th state to allow same-day voter registration.
Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to authorize the Maryland General Assembly to allow qualified voters to register and vote on election day. 1,335,320 (67.1%) of voters supported the measure, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
The ballot question proposed amending the Maryland Constitution to authorize the General Assembly to allow a qualified individual to register and vote at a precinct polling place on Election Day. Maryland already allows residents to register during early voting, but they cannot do it on Election Day.
Under State law, voter registration is conducted continuously but is closed from 9 p.m. on the twenty-first day preceding an election to the eleventh day after an election. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly approved a bill to authorize same-day voter registration during the early voting period. It also expanded the early voting period from six days to eight days.
Note: All vote totals cited in this article are from the unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections (MSBE) as of 6:08 am on 2018-11-07.