Whether you’re a first-time voter, a new Maryland resident or maybe just a devotee of Taylor Swift’s Instagram account, the deadline to register to vote in Maryland’s November midterm elections is Tuesday, Oct. 16.
(Though Marylanders can also register to vote — and vote that same day — during early voting.)
So how does one go about registering?
To qualify to register in Maryland, one must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the state and at least 16 years old, though the legal age to cast a vote is 18.
Maryland registrants can not be convicted of buying or selling votes, be under guardianship for a mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote, or be serving a court-ordered sentence for a felony conviction. (Voting rights were granted in 2016 for Maryland residents with felony charges who have completed prison sentences.)
Residents should also be prepared to provide a driver’s license, state identification or learner’s permit number or, in some cases, the last four digits of a social security number.
Those with a Maryland driver’s license, learner’s permit or state identification can register to vote online at the Maryland State Board of Elections website.