1. Ready to Register?

Each state has its 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 different states’ requirements.

2. What’s Your Voting Plan?

The voting process can be daunting, especially for first-time voters. Making a plan to vote can reduce anxiety and increase the likelihood of you casting a ballot. 

ELECTION 2020
Student interest in the election is high. So are the barriers to voting.

In state after state, an array of complex and punitive voting laws—coupled with the raging pandemic and its disorienting impact—threaten to complicate the electoral process, and even disenfranchise potential first-time voters. Chronicle of Higher Education

3. Getting to your polling site

As part of our Hopkins Votes commitment to supporting access to the democratic process, Johns Hopkins is making additional transportation resources available to the Baltimore community.

Student Engagement Activities

All-In Campus Democracy Challenge

Johns Hopkins has joined more than 1,400 college campuses across the country in the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan initiative that inspires, supports, and celebrates colleges and universities working to improve civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation. JHU President Ronald J. Daniels serves on the All-In Challenge’s President’s Council and solicits engagement from fellow Centennial College presidents.

In 2019, Johns Hopkins received two All-In Campus Democracy Challenge awards after an increase in student participation during the midterm election cycle from 14.4% in 2014 to 44.8% in 2018. The university earned Gold Certification—reserved for schools with a student voting participation rate between 40% and 49%—as well as a Best in Class award for the most-improved voting rate at a large, private institution.

In 2020, JHU is working to:

  • Increase the undergraduate student voting rate from 42.1% in the 2016 general election to at least 62.1% in the 2020 general election
  • Increase the overall voting rate among all eligible students (undergraduate and graduate) from 55.8% in 2016 to at least 75% in 2020
  • Continue to increase student voter registration rates annually by ensuring voter registration opportunities are available every semester, with increased attention to local elections

Ask Every Student

Johns Hopkins is an active participant in Ask Every Student, a national program that augments the university’s voter engagement activities.

Updates from the Hub

Q+A
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Published Feb 25, 2021
Matthew Kahn and Mac McComas of the 21st Century Cities Initiative discuss the decline of post-industrial cities and what can be done to reinvigorate their economies and communities
Student experience
Internship pipeline helps close the equity gap during pandemic
Published Feb 17, 2021
The DEI Collective pairs Johns Hopkins students from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education and the broader professional workforce with paid internships with participating employers
Public health
Survey finds frequent reports of missed medical care during pandemic
Published Jan 28, 2021
Survey also finds fear of being exposed to COVID-19 and financial setbacks as common reasons for missing medical care
Marin Alsop conducts
Peabody faculty artists featured in ‘Inauguration Fanfares’
Published Jan 19, 2021
Marin Alsop conducts, tuba soloist Velvet Brown performs in ensemble assembled to honor Joe Biden, Kamala Harris