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. 

Voting in Maryland

Information about voting in Maryland can be found on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Basic information on registering to vote and casting your ballot is below.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration information in Maryland is Oct. 18, 2022, for the Gubernatorial General Election. Your voter registration must be up to date with your current address.

Request and Submit a Mail-In Ballot

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot through the online system is Nov. 1, 2022 for the Maryland Gubernatorial General Election. If this deadline has passed and you would like to vote by mail-in ballot, please go to your local board of elections. You can pick up your ballot there and either vote and return it then or take your ballot with you and return it by mail or at a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day to be counted. Once your application is submitted, you can check the status of your application online.

Vote Early or on Election Day

Due to a recent change in the law, the Maryland Board of Elections now mails each voter an application for a mail-in ballot. If you prefer to vote in person, early voting centers will be open from Thursday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m on Election Day, Nov. 8.

You may vote early at any early voting center in your jurisdiction of residence or at your assigned polling place on election day.

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 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. Johns Hopkins continues its commitment to democratic engagement following the 2020 Presidential Election in preparation for the 2022 midterm election cycle.

In 2022, JHU is working to:

  • Increase the undergraduate student voting rate during the 2022 primaries and midterm elections.
  • Increase the overall voting rate among all eligible students (undergraduate and graduate).
  • 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

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Published Aug 28, 2023
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