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 or find out about voter registration deadlines by state, voting times and locations, whether or not you’re eligible to register, and more by visiting the National Voter Registration Day voter help page.
District of Columbia
Information on DC’s voter registration can be found here: https://www.vote4dc.com/ApplyInstructions/Register
To be eligible to vote in the District of Columbia, you must:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be a resident of the District of Columbia
- Be at least 16 years old (District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election.)
- Not be in jail on a felony conviction
- Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
- Not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia
Information on registering to vote in Maryland: http://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/index.html
To register to vote in Maryland, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- A Maryland resident; and
- At least 16 years old*.
You cannot have been:
- Convicted of buying or selling votes;
- Under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote; or
- Convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment. (Effective March 10, 2016)
*You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.