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Hey Maryland!

I’m really glad you want to vote, but first, let’s make sure you’re registered. There’s a link in the description where you check your registration status right now.

If you’re not registered or you need to update your name or address, you can register online using the link below as long as you have a Maryland Driver’s License or state ID. If you don’t have a Maryland ID, like maybe you’re a student from another state or you just don’t drive, then you’ll fill out a form online, but then you’ll have to print it out at the end and mail it in with some other proof of ID. I know that’s kind of a pain, but it’s important, so do it anyway.

Whichever way you register, you have until 9pm on October 13th to do it. Great, so you’re registered. Now you can vote.

If you prefer to vote from the comfort of your own home, you can request to vote absentee by mail. If you have a Maryland ID, you can apply for an absentee ballot using the same website you used to register. If not, there’s a printable application in the description below.

If you want your ballot mailed to you, the deadline to submit your form is October 27th, but you can also choose to just have your ballot emailed to you so you can print it yourself, vote, and mail it in. If you do that, you have until October 31st to request to vote absentee. Either way you get your ballot, you have to mail it back before November 3rd for it to be counted.

You can also vote early in person from October 22nd through 29th. There’s a link to where early voting sites will be posted in the description, and they’re all open from 8am to 8pm that week to give you extra time to vote. If you want to vote on election day on November 3rd, there’s a link in the description that will tell you where you’re supposed to go vote.

Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. You may be asked to show identification, especially if you’re a first time Maryland voter, so bring a current photo ID like a driver’s license, state ID, or student ID, or a recent utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement with your name and current address on it. Before you head to the polls, you can go to the link in the description to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for in your county.

You don’t have to vote for every single item on the ballot--you can leave some things blank if you want to--but your local elections can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget how you wanted to vote. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app, grab a pen and paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you’re gonna register, what time you’re gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re gonna use if you need one, even who you’re gonna bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description.

Thanks for voting. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.