Did you know that only 18% of eligible college-aged students voted in the 2014 midterm elections? With the 2018 midterms just weeks away, JHU has joined more than 425 colleges and universities in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, which aims to increase student voter engagement nationwide.
Ready to Register?
Each state has their own deadlines for registration, some having already passed for the upcoming election. However, you may still be eligible to register for future elections. Learn more about my state’s requirements.
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What’s your Voting Plan?
Election day is important so make sure you have a plan in place to cast your ballot! Consider the “who, how, when, and where” questions below so you can create a voting plan that works best for you. JHU can help you with transportation to Baltimore City polling locations too! Read more below.
How will you vote?
- Determine if you are voting by absentee, or mail-in, early, or in person.
- Once registered to vote, you have the option to vote with your school or home address.
When will you vote?
- Do you have time between classes on Election Day when the polling locations are open?
- Due to your schedule, would it be better to vote early at early voting location or mail-in your ballot prior to the election?
Early voting: Who can vote early?
Many states offer early voting but if your state does not offer early voting and you can’t vote on Election Day, consider voting by absentee ballot. Read more below about casting your absentee ballot.
Where will you vote? Take a JHU Shuttle or a Lyft ride!
- If you are voting in person, have you identified the closest polling location?
- How will you get to your polling place?
- Can you walk or do you need to take other transportation?
- If you are registered in Baltimore City, you can take a shuttle from the Milton S. Eisenhower Library or take a Lyft ride! See schedules above!
-Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
Casting an Absentee Ballot
Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail. Every U.S. state will have their own rules on absentee voting, so you it’s important to know your applicable state’s rules. Enter your address on either U.S. Vote Foundation or Vote411.org to learn your absentee ballot process.
Plan ahead and request one early, as state deadlines vary! You can easily request your absentee ballot through TurboVote too!
Absentee Voting in Maryland
The deadline to request an absentee ballot in Maryland depends on how you want to receive your blank ballot.
For the 2018 Primary Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:
- Tuesday, June 19, 2018, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
- Friday, June 22, 2018, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website
For the 2018 General Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:
- Tuesday, October 30, 2018, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
- Friday, November 2, 2018, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website
Frequently Asked Questions
Midterm elections are the federal elections where choose members of Congress but not a new president. Midterms are held halfway between presidential elections. View other common voting and election terms now.
You can register to vote in either your home state or where you attend college, but you cannot be registered in both locations. If you decide to register in your home state, you need to plan sign up for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot regulations vary based on where you live. Be sure to research your state’s required process. Regardless, you will have the right to vote in the state of your choosing, as long as you have a temporary or permanent residence there.
Not necessarily, though depending on your state, you may need to present an official document with your name and current address on it. If your address has changed, you may need to provide your polling location with documentation that verifies your change of address. In most states, this documentation can be a utility bill or paycheck with your current address on it.
The requirements for voting in local and federal elections vary by state, so students should check with their state election office to learn more. Most states, however, have similar requirements. All states except North Dakota require individuals to register to vote, and every state allows absentee voting. All voters must be at least 18 years of age, although some states make it possible for 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if their birthday falls before the general election. All voters must be U.S. citizens.
To verify that you are registered to vote and that your voter record is correct, you can check your registration status or your state’s election office well in advance of your state’s voter registration deadline.
Many states allow you to view your ballot in advance of casting your vote. This provides an opportunity to research all of the candidates on your ballot so that you can make informed decisions.
Yes, you should re-register each time you move. You may register at your current address regardless of what address is on your driver’s license. But, failing to provide proper documentation as per the requirement of your state of residence may result in your inability to vote on that day.
Most states permit another government ID, paycheck, utility bill or bank statement, but some have more stringent requirements. Therefore if your current address does not match your driver’s license, you should do one of two things:
- Register at your new address and check the ID and proof of residency requirements or with your state’s Board of Elections. You may need to get a new driver’s license.
- Register at your home/parents’ address and vote by absentee ballot.