Essential Voter Information FAQs:
Getting Voters on the Rolls—and to the Polls!
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is Election Day—People Get Ready!
Elections are won by people who are registered to vote and show up, so let’s channel the remarkable energy of our campaign into getting everyone properly registered as Democrats and to the polls on Tuesday, November 8 and for early voting days before that (October 27 to November 3). See below for important detailed information about voter registration, absentee ballot registration, early voting, polling precinct locations, and student voting. Further questions or ideas? Email us anytime at email@example.com if you need help on any aspect of the process. Or call Samantha Brown at 301-642-0668. Every vote counts; together we will elect Jamie to Congress for the 8th District but we need everyone voting!
Am I registered to vote?
Before heading to the polls, double-check your voter registration. You can look up your voter registration information online, including your voter name, residential address, Democratic Party affiliation, and registration date. Click here to look up your voter registration online.
How do I change my party affiliation?
If you are registered as unaffiliated or Republican or something else and want to change your party registration to Democrat, you can do it! Click here to update your information. You can update your information online at any time! Remember, you must print your updated registration and mail it to the State Board of Elections. The deadline to change parties before the General Election is October 16, 2016.
Who can register to vote?
To register to vote in Maryland, you must meet these 3 eligibility points. You must be 1) a U.S. citizen; 2) a resident of Maryland; and 3) at least 16 years old. Click here for more information about voter registration eligibility.
When should I register to vote?
The sooner the better! Voter registration closes 21 days before the next scheduled election, which is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Click here for more information about voter registration application deadlines.
Again, the deadline to register to vote for the November 2016 General Election is Tuesday, October 18!
How do I register to vote?
Three options: You can register online, in person, or by mail. Registration forms must contain an original signature so you cannot submit the forms via fax or email. When you receive your Voter Notification Card, you are an official registered voter. Click here for more information on voter registration. Contact us at 301-642-0668 if you need help.
If you have an MVA-issued ID card or Maryland driver’s license, you can register online. Click here to register using Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System.
Voter registration forms are available to print online and in person at this list of state offices (public libraries, the MVA, State and Local Boards of Elections, etc.). The Raskin campaign office (912 Thayer Ave, Suite 103, Silver Spring, MD 20910) also has voter registration forms you can complete and mail in to register to vote. You can mail your completed voter registration forms to the State Board of Elections or your County Board of Elections.
I am still away at college or traveling for work. How do I sign up to get an absentee ballot to make sure I can vote for Jamie?
Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot if you need one, so definitely apply if you think you will be away from Maryland on Tuesday, November 8 and not available to vote during the Early Voting period. You must apply for an absentee ballot prior to one week before the general election on November 8! Thus, you can request an absentee ballot for mail or in person voting before the deadline on November 1, or all the way up to November 4 if you are going to file it on-line. Click here for more information. But if you know you will be away at college or on vacation or traveling for work, go ahead and order an absentee ballot right now!
It is important to note that once you register to vote absentee, you CANNOT show up at your local polling place on November 8 and turn in your absentee ballot. Once requested, you must make sure you vote with your absentee ballot by mail or hand-deliver it to your local board of elections office. Click here for a list of board of election offices in Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties.
If you have an MVA-issued ID card or Maryland driver’s license, you can request an absentee ballot online. Click here to request an absentee ballot online.
By mail, fax, or email
You can download the absentee ballot request forms here and return the completed forms by mail, fax, or email to your local board of elections. And absentee ballot request forms will always be available at the Raskin campaign HQ (912 Thayer Ave, Suite 103, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
You can complete and submit an absentee ballot request in person at your local board of elections. Please note you CANNOT bring your absentee ballot to a polling location on election day.
When do I register to vote absentee?
If you want to download your absentee ballot from the State's website, your request must be received by Friday, November 4.
If you want to receive your absentee ballot by mail or fax or pick it up in person, your request must be received by Tuesday, November 1.
Can I register to vote if I don’t have a state ID?
Yes, you can still vote! If you don’t have an ID issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, you can register to vote using the last four numbers of your Social Security Number!
When is early voting?
As a Senator, Jamie has fought hard for early voting and fought hard to protect early voting sites in Montgomery County that the Republicans targeted for closure. So exercise your right to vote early and come work with us on Election Day! Any registered voter can vote early in person. Click here to find the early voting center in your area and learn more about early voting.
8th Congressional District Early Voting Centers:
* You can vote in any early voting center in the county where you live.
Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center Social Hall,
14906 Old Columbia Pike Burtonsville, MD 20866
Mid-County Community Recreation Center Social Hall,
2004 Queensguard Road Silver Spring, MD 20906
Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza,
One Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910
Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Ballroom,
2400 Arcola Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902
Activity Center at Bohrer Park Social Hall,
506 S. Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Damascus Community Recreation Center Social Hall,
25520 Oak Drive Damascus, MD 20872
Executive Office Building Auditorium,
101 Monroe Street Rockville, MD 20850
Germantown Community Recreation Center,
18905 Kingsview Road Germantown, MD 20874
Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center,
4301 Willow Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Potomac Community Recreation Center
11315 Falls Road Potomac, MD 20854
Early voting is easy and fun and guarantees that your vote is in before Election Day.
Frederick Senior Center,
1440 Taney Avenue, Frederick, MD 21702
Thurmont Regional Library,
76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Urbana Regional Library,
9020 Amelung Street, Frederick, MD 21704
Middletown VFD Activities,
1 Fireman’s Lane Middletown, MD 21769
Westminster Senior Activities Center,
125 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157
Early Voting Dates
October 27 from 8 am to 8 pm
October 28 from 8 am to 8 pm
October 29 from 8 am to 8 pm
October 30 from 8 am to 8 pm
October 31 from 8 am to 8 pm
November 1 from 8 am to 8 pm
November 2 from 8 am to 8 pm
November 3 from 10 am to 8 pm
Where is my polling precinct? Where do I go to vote on Election Day?
Your polling precinct is based on where you live and is designed to make it as easy as possible to go vote on Election Day. You can look-up your polling precinct location, hours, and directions online. Click here to find out where you will vote on Election Day
Students for Jamie: Rock the Vote with Raskin!
Join the movement—let's rock the vote on November 8!
High school and college students active in our Democracy Summer program created an organization for students supporting Jamie. Join the movement on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/StudentsForJamieRaskin and direct message us for how to get involved.
High school students
Can I register to vote?
If you are a U.S. citizen, a resident of Maryland, and at least 16 years old, you can register to vote! Click here to register! Jamie introduced the legislation that permits 16 and 17-year-olds to register to increase the chances of getting young people engaged with our politics before they leave for college, the armed services, or the work force. He also fought to give 17-year-olds the right to vote in the April primary if they will be 18 in time for the General Election in November.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 2016 General Election is Tuesday, October 18.
Can I vote?
You can register when you are 16 years old, but you can only vote if you will be 18 years old by November 8, 2016.
Register to Vote Absentee
It’s important to have your voice heard in the community, even if you’re away at college. The easiest way to do this is to register for an absentee ballot so you don’t have to be at home to vote during early voting or on November 8. Click here to register!
The deadline to register for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 1, 2016 if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax and Friday, November 4, 2016, if you want to download your ballot from the State's website.
Call or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a team of fine election lawyers on call if anyone faces a problem registering or voting. Let us know!