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September 25, 2018

A Message to Maryland Voters

Your vote this fall is important to Maryland! We have a chance to win key elections this year but we need your help. We have several races where you can make a difference, particularly with a key gubernatorial election where Democrats have the opportunity to flip that seat red-to-blue with an exciting Democratic nominee, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, who is challenging the incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan, and two critical U.S. House races. Control of Maryland’s state legislature is also key with Congressional redistricting coming up, and there are other important races across the state where we need every Democratic vote. We have two important initiatives on the ballot to protect education funding and to enact same-day voter registration, an important step forward for our state’s commitment to voting rights.

For more information about these elections, please check out benjealous.com and mddems.org/news.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in Maryland.

On behalf of the Maryland Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Kathleen Matthews, Chair
Maryland Democratic Party


Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 16, 9 pm EDT. The registration form will also request your ballot. You must send the registration form by mail or you can register online using Maryland’s Voter Registration System.


REQUEST to receive your overseas absentee ballot by email/online by Friday, November 2, 11:59 pm EDT. Request to receive your ballot by fax or mail by Tuesday, October 30, 8 pm EDT. You can send in your ballot request form by email, fax or mail or you can submit your ballot request online using Maryland's Voter Registration System. We recommend applying online, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.


RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 8 pm EST. Your ballot must be sent by mail, postmarked by Election Day and received by your election office by Friday, November 16, 10 am EST.


All overseas voters may vote in elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races). Overseas voters who indicate they “intend to return” may also vote in Maryland state elections.

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.

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