FAQs

How do I register to vote?

Maryland residents may register online by using OVRL or mailing their printed applications. Instructions for both of these methods are provided here.

Maryland residents may also register to vote in person at any of these locations:

Your 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; and Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.

The deadline to register to vote in Maryland is October 16, 2018. However, if you don’t or can’t meet this deadline, you may also register to vote during early voting. More information and instructions are provided here, under “The Registration Process” tab in the “where may I register to vote?” section.

**If you are not a Maryland resident, use our state directory for further information!**

When do I vote?

You can vote in person on Election Day, November 6, 2018. Polling sites will be open from 7am to 8pm in Maryland - polling site hours may vary by state. You may also vote in person during early voting in Maryland from October 25 until November 1, 2018- early voting centers are open from 10am to 8pm. To vote early, simply visit any of these polling sites in your county.


Lastly, you may vote by absentee ballot.

How do I cast my vote?

If you vote in person, you will fill in a paper ballot by pen. Election workers will be there to help you scan in your vote and assist with any questions. You must, however, cast your vote alone unless you are unable to do so due to a disability or you are unable to read or write in English.  

If you voted by absentee ballot, your ballot will be returned to and scanned at a local election office.

I'm registered to vote in my home state, not Maryland; can I still vote on Election Day?

In order to vote in Maryland on election day, you must be a Maryland resident who is registered to vote. If you are not a Maryland registered voter, you should plan ahead to request an absentee ballot from your home state by their set deadlines. Check out our state directory for further information on how to request an absentee ballot in your home state, or feel free to contact us if further assistance is needed!

I've been going to school in Maryland for over a year; can I register to vote in Maryland?

To register to vote in Maryland, you must live in Maryland. Therefore, you must register at your local campus address or your home Maryland address to vote in Maryland. Out-of-state students have the option to register at their home address to vote in their home state or at their local campus address to vote in Maryland.

If I register to vote at my University of Maryland address, where do I vote?

Stamp Student Union, located in the center of campus, is the assigned polling place for students who registered to vote at their University of Maryland address. Polling booths are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

I live in a "motor-voter" state; does that mean I'm registered to vote?

Living in a “motor-voter”  state does not mean you are automatically registered to vote; however, it does mean registering to vote is more accessible at your local Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are a Maryland resident, check if you are registered to vote here.

I have class all day on Election Day; is there any way I can vote early?

Any registered Maryland voter can participate in early voting from October 25 to November 1, 2018 from 10am to 8pm at designated early voting centers. There are no additional steps required to vote early.

Absentee voting is another available option to registered voters in most states. In Maryland, you don’t need any particular reason to take advantage of this voting option if you don’t want to or can’t go to an early voting center or your polling site. Most other states allow students to vote via absentee or mail-in ballot. Check our state directory for more information on how to obtain an absentee ballot from your home state.

How do I check if I'm registered to vote?

Maryland voters can check whether they are registered here. If you are not a Maryland voter, check out our state directory for further resources or feel free to contact us if further assistance is needed!

 

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