Voter Access Initiative

Register to Vote / Check Registration Status


Common mistakes when registering to vote:

Make sure that...

  • you mark that you at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.
  • your signature is clear, matches your ID, and stays within the box.
  • you write the correct dates. Don’t mix up your birth date and today’s date.
  • you include hyphens and special characters as they are listed on your ID.
  • your residential address is the address where you want to register to vote, not necessarily the same as the address you want mail delivered to.
  • your mailing address is where you want mail delivered to, not necessarily just the same address for where you are registering.


Am I eligible to vote? 
Each state is slightly different, look up your state's voter registration rules.

To register in Maryland you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a Maryland resident
  •  be at least 18 years old by the next general election
  • not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment

Do I need to register to vote? 
You will need to register to vote if you have you moved since the last election, recently turned 18 years old, or are registering for the first time. Be sure to get registered before your state voter registration deadline.

In Maryland, the deadline to register to vote for the 2020 General Election is Tuesday, Oct 13. Same Day registration is available at all Early Voting and Election Day polling locations.

I'm already registered to vote / I'm not sure if I'm already registered
Check your voter registration status 

Where should I vote this year? 
The guidance in the graphics below follows general principles of residency for voting purposes, but you should check with your local election officials for the specific voter registration rules where you live. 

Please note that if you have a scholarship that requires you to be registered to vote in a specific county or state, in any case you should register to vote there.