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Election Day Voting Information: Do You Have a Vote Plan?

 

Virginia 

VOTE NOVEMBER 4th

Polls are open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

 

Find Your Polling Location 

If you are not sure if you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can verify your registration status online or by calling your local registrar’s office.

 

Absentee In-Person Voting

Instead of early voting, you may vote absentee in-person at your local registrar’s office until close of business, November 1, 2014. Before visiting your local registrar’s office, give them a call to ask about any locations for in-person absentee voting in addition to the registrar’s office (some large localities offer satellite locations as well) and confirm the hours of each location. You can find your local registrar’s office here.

 

Once you have verified your voter registration, visit your local registrar’s office or satellite location during available hours to vote absentee in-person. At the registrar’s office, fill out an Absentee Ballot Application. You must show an acceptable form of photo ID. The voter signs the application in the presence of a registrar or the secretary of the electoral board. After completing the application, you will be allowed to vote absentee in-person using a voting machine in the registrar’s office. Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.    

 

Absentee By-Mail Voting

You may also download the Absentee Ballot Application Form, mail it to your local registrar by 5:00pm, October 28, 2014, and then, after you receive your ballot in the mail, return the completed absentee ballot to your local registrar before 7:00pm, November 4, 2014. Additional information here about absentee voting.

 

New Voter ID Law
New Voter ID Laws have taken effect in Virginia requiring a photo ID in order to vote. Additional information here about this new requirement.

 

There are many different types of photo IDs that voters can present when they vote. The following are forms of acceptable photo ID that can be used up to a year after the ID has expired:

 

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business

 

Don’t have a photo ID?

You can get a FREE voter identification card from a registrar’s office in THREE easy steps:

If you are a NEW voter, you will need to have registered to vote before the deadline before you can get a voter identification card. If your name or photo no longer matches what is on your current ID, you are eligible to receive a free Voter ID. Questions? Call (866) OUR–VOTE (687-8683). Follow these steps to get a photo ID

 

STEP 1: Find a convenient registrar’s office

You don’t have to visit the registrar’s office in your locality; if a different location is more

convenient for you, feel free to go there.

Find a registrar’s office (including address, phone number, and hours of operation) at: https://voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicContactLookup.aspx.

 

STEP 2: Go to the registrar’s office

The hours for each office vary – be sure to check that your office is open before visiting.

At the office, you will:

  • Fill out the Voter Photo Identification Application (Be sure to include the last four digits of your Social Security Number, birthdate, and signature, or your application will not be processed);
  • Get your picture taken; and
  • Sign your name on the signature pad.

 

STEP 3: Receive your photo voter ID card

You should receive your card in the mail within 7-10 business days. If you don’t, call the State Board of Elections at (800) 552-9745. If your visit to the registrar’s office is on October 26, 2014 or after, make sure to ask about how you can get a temporary photo ID from your registrar, to present at the polls, before you leave!!!!

 

Other important information

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person must:

Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes).

  • Be a U. S. Citizen.
  • Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election).
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state.
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.

 

Voter Registration and Absentee Voter Deadlines

Voter Registration Deadline:

  • October 14, 2014

Absentee by Mail Deadline:

  • October 28, 2014
  • No later than 5:00 p.m. at your registrar’s office

Absentee In Person Deadline:

  • November 1, 2014
  • Before your registrar’s office closing

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline:

  • 7:00 p.m. November 4, 2014
  • Return the completed form to your local registrar’s office.

 

Maryland

VOTE NOVEMBER 4th

Polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Find Your Polling Location

 

Verify you are registered in Maryland by visiting the voter services website.

 

Early Voting Information

Any registered voter can vote during early voting. You can early vote Thursday, October 23rd-Thursday, October 30th , from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm at an early voting center. Here is a printer friendly version of the full list of Maryland early voting sites. Here are the lists of early voting centers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

 

Absentee In-Person Voting

You may vote absentee in-person at your local board of elections’ office during the hours of operation until November 4, 2014. You will fill out an absentee ballot request, and you can complete your ballot and hand it to an election official. Please visit your local board of elections' website for hours of operation and call them before to confirm the process.

 

Absentee By-Mail Voting

You can also request an absentee ballot be sent to you either:

  • Online, if you have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID card; or
  • Printing and signing the Absentee ballot application (Spanish: Solicitud de Papeleta de Votante Ausente para las Elecciones) and returning it to your local board of elections’ office by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment) so that it is received (not just mailed) by:
    • Tuesday, October 28, 2014, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
    • Friday, October 31, 2014, if you want to download your ballot from the Maryland website

After you receive your ballot in the mail, return the completed absentee ballot to your local board of elections by mail or hand delivery. You cannot submit your voted ballot online, return it by email or fax, or take it to an early voting center or a polling place.

  • If you hand deliver your ballot, you must deliver it to your local board of elections by 8 pm on election day.
  • If you mail your ballot, the envelope must be postmarked on or before election day, November 4, 2014 and received by your local board of elections by 10 am on November 14, 2014.

 

Additional information here about absentee voting.

 

Maryland Voter Identification Laws
First time voters in Maryland will be asked to show an election judge ID before voting. Please bring one of the following forms of ID with you to vote:

A copy of a current* and valid photo ID such as a

  • Maryland driver's license
  • MVA ID card,
  • Student, Employee, or Military ID card,
  •  U.S. passport
  • Any other State or federal government-issued ID card

Or a copy of a current* bill statement such as  

  • Utility bill,
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

(*Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.)

Registration is permanent as long as you continue to live in Maryland and keep your name and address current. You do not have to re-register when you move within the State.

If you moved at least 3 weeks before the election, go to the polling place for your new addressUse the voter look-up website to find the polling place for your new address. At your new polling place, you will vote a provisional ballot, but as long as you complete and sign the provisional ballot application, all of your votes will count.

 

Other important information

To be eligible to register to vote in Maryland a person must:

  •  A U.S. citizen;
  • A Maryland resident; and
  • At least 16 years old (You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.

Certain U.S. citizens who live overseas or are in the military are eligible to register and vote in Maryland. If you are an overseas citizen, military personnel, or dependent of military personnel, you may register to vote in Maryland if your current or last U.S. residence was in Maryland. To register, you can use the Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or use the Federal Post Card Application available at www.fvap.gov.

 

To be eligible to register to vote, you cannot have been:

  • Convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability; or
  • Convicted of a felony or if you have, you have completed a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.

Can I register to vote if I have been convicted of a crime?

If you have been convicted of a felony, you are eligible to register to vote once you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction. For the purposes of eligibility to register to vote, convictions include federal, state and out-of-state convictions. You are not eligible to vote if you have been convicted of buying or selling votes.

How can I determine if I qualify to have my voting rights restored following a felony conviction?

You should contact the Division of Parole and Probation within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services or a comparable agency in the state in which you were convicted.

How to Register to Vote Online

You can use Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) to register to vote

How to Register to Vote in Person

You may complete a voter registration application in person at:

  • Your local board of elections;
  • The State Board of Elections;
  • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
  • The Department of Social Services;
  • The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA);
  • Offices on Aging;
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office;
  • All public institutions of higher education;
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • Marriage license offices; and
  • Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities.

Identification Needed to Register to Vote

 Federal law requires that with your voter registration application you provide one of the following:

  • A Maryland driver’s license
  • A MVA ID Card,
  • A Social Security Number.

Voter Registration and Absentee Voter Deadlines

Absentee Ballot Voter Deadlines:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax.

Friday, October 31, 2014, if you want to download your ballot from the State website

 

In Person and Online Voter Registration Deadlines for General Election

In person registration October 14th 2014

Online Registration Deadline October 14, 2014 by 9:00 p.m.

 

 

District of Columbia

VOTE NOVEMBER 4th

Polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Find your polling location here

 

Check your current registration status here

 

Early Voting Information

 

Where can you go and vote early? Check out which of the 9 Early Voting Centers is most convenient to you.

 

When can you go to vote early?

  • Early Voting begins on October 20th at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St, NW) and the center will be open every day (except Sunday, October 26th) from 8:30am to 7pm, until Saturday, November 1.
  • Early Voting for the other 8 locations across the District of Columbia begins on Saturday, October 25th and the locations will be open every day (except Sunday, October 26th) from 8:30am to 7pm, until Saturday, November 1.

Absentee By-Mail Voting

Until October 28, 2014, you can fill out an online request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. After you receive your ballot in the mail, return the completed absentee ballot. You can call 1-866-DC-VOTES to confirm the process. If you mail your completed ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day, November 4, 2014, and received by November 14, 2014.

For first-time absentee voters: If you are voting for the first time in DC and registered to vote by mail, without providing identification when registering, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  The following are acceptable forms of identification:

  • A copy of a current driver’s license or other government photo ID which shows your name and address, or
  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document which shows your name and address. 

 

 Additional information here about absentee voting.

 

Can I Register and Vote on Election Day?

Yes!! There is no voter registration deadline in D.C., and you may register in person at your precinct’s polling place on Election Day and cast a special ballot that same day. You may also register and vote a special ballot at any early voting center (the Board’s Office or satellite locations).

Whether you register at your precinct’s polling place on Election Day, or at an early voting center, you will need to complete a voter registration application, swear or affirm that you are a qualified elector, and provide valid proof of residence.

Valid proof of residence is either a copy of a current and valid government photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

D.C. Election Day Voter Identification Requirements

 

D.C. election law currently does not require voters to present identification when voting in person except for certain first-time voters who did not present ID when registering to vote.  

 

The following are acceptable forms of identification for first-time voters:

 

  • A copy of a current driver’s license or other government photo ID which shows your name and address, or
  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document which shows your name and address. 

 

D.C. Voter Registration Eligibility

 

To register and vote in the District of Columbia, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 17 years old, and turn 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election
  • Not be incarcerated for a crime that is a felony in the District
  • Have maintained a residence in the District for at least 30 days before the date of the election and not claim the right to vote in any other state or territory
  • Not be adjudged legally incompetent to vote

For more on registration, see this site.

Registration Locations

While filling out an application for service or assistance (or recertification, renewal or change of address related to service or assistance), you may register to vote at any of the following District agencies:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
  • Office of Aging
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Department of Human Services

Other Important Information

Deadlines

October 10, 2014 is the deadline to register and update registration information online at vote4dc.com or via DCBOE Vote (mobile application).

 

Voting if you have you moved within D.C.

Voters who have moved within DC must vote at the polling place of their new residence.

 

Voting Registration Requirements if you have a Felony Conviction 

In DC, a voter who is released from incarceration for a felony has his or her right to vote automatically restored upon release from confinement, however, the individual must re-register to vote.  Registration DOES NOT occur automatically upon release from confinement. Individuals who are confined for non-felony offenses may vote by absentee ballot. For more information visit this site

 

For more information on all of these topics, check out the D.C. 2014 Board of Elections Voter Guide

 

 

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