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Voter Registration Information

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your residence hall room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state. Click here for a voter guide with state by state information.

District of Columbia

You may register to vote prior to Election Day either in person or by mail; you may also register at the polls on Election Day. You can preregister to vote once you are 16 years old, but you cannot vote in an election until you turn 18. You can register to vote in person at the Board of Elections office at any time, but you will not be able to change your party affiliation less than 30 days before the election. If you mail in your voter registration form, it must be postmarked 30 days before an election. The last day to register by mail for the 2014 general election is October 6, 2014.

D.C. also offers Election Day registration at the polling place associated with your residence. In order to register on Election Day, you will need to complete a voter registration application, sign an oath, and provide proof of your residency address, using one of the forms of ID listed in the section on Identification, below. Registration forms are available here.


To register to vote in Maryland, you must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years old by the next general election. However, you may pre-register to vote in Maryland when you are 16. And you may vote in primary elections while you are still 17 if you will be 18 by the next general or special election.

Maryland now offers online voter registration for individuals who have a Maryland driver’s license or state-issued ID card. You can register online here. Anyone may also register to vote either in person or by mail. The registration deadline is 9 p.m., 21 days before the election, and mail-in forms must be postmarked by that date. The last day to register for the 2014 general election is October 14, 2014.


For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Gerlach at 202-884-9203 or via e-mail at



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