UMB Votes

Your vote matters! This year, Gen Z will make up 10 percent of eligible voters, Millennials will  make up 27%, Gen X makes up 25 percent, and Baby Boomers make up 29 percent of the electorate. Those numbers equate to having a powerful potential presence in any election.

By voting, students get to weigh in on critical topics such as the environment, the economy, and social justice. Student voters can vote based on a candidate’s plan to fund higher education and address student debt.

Check out this page for key dates and links to everything you need to know about the voting process.

Stressed about the election? Check out the Student Counseling Center for resources to help cope with the cureent national discourse. 

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Mental Health and the 2020 Election

The UMB Student Counseling Center has created a webpage devoted to the importance of mental health awareness during this election season. 

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Learn more!

Important Voting Deadlines

Maryland Registration Deadlines
Online: Tuesday, Oct. 13
By mail: Postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 13
In person: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Maryland Absentee Ballot Deadlines
Request: Tuesday, Oct. 20
Return by mail: Postmarked by Wednesday, Nov. 3
Return in person: Wednesday, Nov. 3, by 8 p.m.

Maryland Early Voting
Monday, Oct. 26 - Monday Nov. 2; dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

District of Columbia Early Voting
Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Monday, Nov. 2

Election Day
Tuesday, Nov. 3
7 a.m. - 8 p.m.*

*Times vary by state

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Mail-in Ballot Request

If you are registered to vote in Maryland, you can use this system to request a mail-in ballot.
* You may not use this website to request a ballot for anyone else.
Learn more!

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Presidential Debate Schedule

First Presidential Debate
Tuesday, Sept. 29 | 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET

Vice Presidential Debate
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET

Second Presidential Debate (canceled)
Thursday, Oct. 15 | 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET

Third Presidential Debate
Thursday, Oct. 22 | 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET

UMB’s TurboVote tool can help you register to vote through your state’s board of elections website.

Through this site, you can change your party affiliation or registration address, request a mail-in/absentee ballot, and receive election reminders.

Be sure to follow the instructions and make sure all forms are filled out to ensure that you complete the process. 

Visit UMB's TurboVote tool

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Maryland Early Voting

Early voting will be held from Monday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Nov. 2.

Early voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
More information

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Early Voting Sites in Baltimore

Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Dempsey's Restaurant)
333 W. Camden St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore City Community College (Gymnasium)
2901 Liberty Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215

Cross Country at Northwester School 247
6900 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215

Edmondson High School 400
501 N. Athol Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229

Morgan State University (Hurt Auditorium)
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

Mount Pleasant Church & Ministries
6000 Radecke Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21206

New Era Academy (Gym)
2700 Seamon Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21225

Southeast Anchor Library
3601 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224

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Voting that Works for You

Should you vote early, by mail, or on Election Day? Use these interactive tools to help you learn about the many voting options and to select a voting plan that works for you!

Democracy Works: How to Vote 
The New York Times: How to Vote

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Become an Election Judge/Poll Worker

Due to the coronavirus, the United States is facing a record shortage of poll workers/election judges. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and that everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, and efficient election for all — and get paid in the process.

Find out more at Power the Polls 

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If you have questions about this information, please contact ile@umaryland.edu.

Guidance for Student Organization Engagement in Political Activity

UMB Student Affairs reminds students about student organization engagement in political activity in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community. UMB values and supports the expression and exchange of ideas and encourages students to exercise their rights and privileges by participating in the political process. However, as a state institution, UMB resources cannot be used to promote partisan political causes and candidates. 

The following guidance is provided for students: 

  • For standards and procedures on use of UMB facilities by campus groups, affiliated organizations, and others, see: https://www.umaryland.edu/policies-and-procedures/library/administration/policies/vi-410a.php
  • Students may not use UMB’s name or logo in connection with partisan political activity. This includes the use of UMB’s name or logo on letterhead, envelopes, UMB email accounts, telephone lines, or voicemail systemsfor communications. 
  • University funds, including funds from the Student Government Associationand other departments, may not be used to purchase goods or services in support or in opposition of any candidate, campaign, issue, or political party.
  • Students who wish to be politically active in advocacy for partisan causes may choose to organize in groups independent of UMB-sponsored student groups.
  • Student organizations may participate in nonpartisan political activities such as nonpartisanvoter registration activities and voter education programs, provided these activities do not indicate a preference for or opposition to a political party or candidates who have taken a particular position. 
  • UMB-supported groups are expected to provide a nonpartisan environment that is supportive and welcoming to all students regardless of political persuasion or position on any contested political issue.

Remember, individuals remain free to be involved in the election process as they choose, so long as it is in a lawful manner that does not include or imply University involvement.

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