Voter Access Initiative

Register to Vote / Check Registration Status


Common mistakes when registering to vote:

Make sure that...

  • you mark that you at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.
  • your signature is clear, matches your ID, and stays within the box.
  • you write the correct dates. Don’t mix up your birth date and today’s date.
  • you include hyphens and special characters as they are listed on your ID.
  • your residential address is the address where you want to register to vote, not necessarily the same as the address you want mail delivered to.
  • your mailing address is where you want mail delivered to, not necessarily just the same address for where you are registering.


Am I eligible to vote? 
Each state is slightly different, look up your state's voter registration rules.

To register in Maryland you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a Maryland resident
  •  be at least 18 years old by the next general election
  • not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment

Do I need to register to vote? 
You will need to register to vote if you have you moved since the last election, recently turned 18 years old, or are registering for the first time. Be sure to get registered before your state voter registration deadline.

In Maryland, the deadline to register to vote is 21 days before Election Day. Same Day registration is available at all Early Voting and Election Day polling locations with proof of address (your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document that has your name and current address).

I'm already registered to vote / I'm not sure if I'm already registered
Check your voter registration status 

Do I need ID to vote in person or by mail and if so what kind of ID? 
This varies by state. Look up your state's ID requirements here.