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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register to vote?

Members of the UMD community can register to vote at umd.turbovote.org. The Maryland voter registration deadline for the general election is October 13, 2020. For other states’ voter registration deadlines, visit our State Directory page.

 

How do I check if I’m registered to vote?

Visit umd.turbovote.org to check if you’re registered to vote. Alternatively, if you think you’re registered to vote in Maryland, you can check here.

 

I’m an out of state student at UMD, can I register to vote at my local, College Park address?

Yes! To register to vote in Maryland, you must live in Maryland. Therefore, you may register at your local campus address by October 13, 2020. 

 

Out-of-state students have the option to register at their home address to vote in their home state or at their local campus address to vote in Maryland.

 

When should I request my mail-in ballot? 

As soon as possible! The earlier you request your mailed ballot, the more time you have to return it by Election Day. Visit go.umd.edu/votebymail to request your mail-in ballot today.

 

The Maryland deadline to request your mail-in ballot is October 20, 2020. For other states’ deadlines, visit our State Directory page.

 

When should I return my mail-in ballot?

As soon as possible! Once you have your mailed ballot, we suggest you mail it back by Oct. 25 to make sure there's enough time before Election Day for your ballot to arrive at your local board of elections. If you are planning to drop off your ballot in a drop box, do so before Election Day.

 

For Maryland voters, the absolute deadline to mail your ballot is November 3, 2020, and your ballot must be received by your local election office by 10 a.m. on November 13, 2020, to be counted. For other states, visit our State Directory page for specific mail-in deadlines.

 

Do I need a stamp to mail in my ballot?

No, you do not need a stamp to mail your ballot. You may attach a stamp to your ballot envelope, but if you do not, USPS will deliver the ballot no matter what. Your local board of elections will be charged the price of the postage for your ballot.

 

If I request a mail-in ballot and don’t use it, can I still vote in person on Election Day?

If you request a mailed ballot, you are committing to vote by mail. If for some reason you don't receive your ballot or are not able to fill it out and return it on time, you may cast a provisional ballot in person on Election Day. This ballot will not be counted until nine days after Election Day, upon verification that you only cast one ballot.

 

How do I return my mail-in ballot?

You can return your ballot any of these ways:

  1. Mail your ballot inside the accompanying envelope from your local post office or mailbox by Election Day
  2. Drop your ballot off in a drop box provided by your county board of elections. You may only drop your ballot off in a drop box in the county in which you’re registered to vote. For example, if you’re registered to vote in Montgomery County, do not drop your ballot off in a drop box near campus, you must drop it off at a drop box in Montgomery County.
  3. Return your ballot to an in-person polling place during early voting or on Election Day.

 

A list of drop boxes in Maryland will be available at this link once they’re announced. 

 

When will I receive my ballot if I request a vote-by-mail ballot?

In Maryland, ballots will be mailed beginning in late-September through Election Day. In all states, including Maryland, the earlier you request your ballot, the earlier you’ll receive it.

 

Can I track my mail-in ballot after I mail it or drop it off?

In Maryland, yes. You can track your ballot here

 

When do I vote?

If you are planning to vote in person in Maryland, you can vote on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may also vote at an early vote center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. any day from October 26, 2020, to November 2, 2020. You can vote early or on Election Day at any of the vote centers in the county in which you’re registered to vote.

If you are registered to vote in Prince George’s County, you can vote early or on Election Day right on campus at the Xfinity Center. If you are registered to vote outside of Maryland, visit our State Directory for more information about in-person voting in your state.

 

Can I vote at the Xfinity Center?

To vote at Xfinity, you have to re-register to vote at your College Park address. You can do that here by October 13. Additionally, if you don't want to re-register at a new address, you can request a mail-in ballot from your home county and state to be mailed to your College Park address. You can do that at the same link as before, but the deadline to request a mail-in ballot in Maryland is October 20.

 

How do I vote in person?

In Maryland, if you vote in person, you will fill in a paper ballot by pen. Election workers will be there to help you scan in your vote and assist with any questions. You must, however, cast your vote alone unless you are unable to do so due to a disability or you are unable to read or write in English.

 

If I’m registered to vote in my home state, not Maryland, can I still vote on Election Day?

In order to vote in Maryland on Election Day, you must be a Maryland resident who is registered to vote. If you are not a Maryland registered voter, you should plan ahead to request a mail-in ballot from your home state by their set deadlines. Check out our State Directory page for further information on how to request a mail-in ballot in your home state, or feel free to contact us at terpsvote@umd.edu if further assistance is needed!

 

If you are at home on Election Day, in the state where you’re registered to vote, you may vote there on Election Day. Check out our State Directory page for more information about Election Day in your state.