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

The authoritarian playbook
Published Oct 30, 2020
Lisel Hintz, who has studied the rise of populism, de-democratization, and authoritarianism in Turkey, sees troubling signs that the U.S. is on a similar path
We must ensure a free, fair, peaceful election
Published Oct 27, 2020
Political scientist Adam Sheingate decries threat of organized violence at the polls: ‘This election, we stand on the edge of a precipice’
Investing in public health
Published Oct 26, 2020
America must invest in public health infrastructure rather than private interests if democracy is to be preserved, says physician and health policy expert Joshua Sharfstein
Q+A
Why young people don’t vote, and why 2020 might be different
Published Oct 20, 2020
Scott Warren, visiting fellow at the SNF Agora Institute, discusses why turnout among young voters in the U.S. traditionally lags that of older age groups and the key role civics education can play in creating a more informed, engaged citizenry
STEMulate the Vote
Election 2020
Getting out the STEM vote
Published Oct 19, 2020
STEM majors are less likely than their academic peers to vote in presidential elections. The Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group is looking to change that.