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Hopkins Votes

How to prepare for Election Day

The Hub provides a resource for voters to ensure they are ready to vote in the midterm elections on November 8

With the midterm elections on Nov. 8, the consequential results could have an impact on the country in myriad ways, including determining control of the House and Senate and providing an important barometer of the views of the American people ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

Topics such as the economy, abortion rights, and foreign affairs have been top of mind for voters and candidates alike.

"Though I am one voice in millions, our voices add up and steer the direction of our towns, states, and nation," says Mike Bernard, an alumnus and staff member of Hopkins, in a submission to the Hopkins Votes social media campaign, "Why I Vote." "It is more important than ever to every eligible voter to vote."

To prepare for Election Day, the Hub compiled a list of resources for community members planning to vote in person. For more information on voter resources for future elections, and for details on how to get involved with democracy efforts on campus and beyond, visit the HopkinsVotes website.

A student fills out a ballot during a HopkinsVotes mail-in ballot party held in October

Image caption: A student fills out a ballot during a HopkinsVotes mail-in ballot party held in October

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Learn about the candidates

In Maryland, candidates on the ballot include those running for governor, attorney general, and comptroller. A Senate seat and a House of Representatives seat for the seventh congressional district are also up for grabs. Voters can research candidates on their personal ballots, including more local offices, by visiting the U.S. Vote Foundation or BallotReady.

Voting on or before Election Day

Polling places will be open for in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8; voters can find more information on their polling place on the Maryland Board of Elections website. While the deadline to request a mail-in ballot online has passed, voters wishing to vote by mail-in ballot can go to their local Board of Elections office to pick up a ballot—the ballot can be completed upon pickup, or can be returned at a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

What to bring to the polls

In Maryland, those who are voting in a federal election for the first time are required to show identification at their polling place. Voters in other states can check the identification requirements online. Voters should also bring their voter registration card.