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Hello Maryland.

I'm really glad you want to vote, but first you've gotta 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 use the 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 have to download the form in the description and mail it in. 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 16th 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 you ballot mailed to you, the deadline to submit your form is October 30th, 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 November 2nd to request to vote absentee. Either way you get your ballot, you have to mail it back by November 6th for it to be counted.

You can also vote early in person between October 25th and November 1st. There's a list of early voting sites in the description, and they're all open from 10am to 8pm that week to give you extra time to vote. If you want to vote on November 6th, there's a link in the description that will tell you where you're supposed to go to 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 piece of mail with your name and address on it like a utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement. 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 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 or grab a piece of paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you're going to register, what time you're going to vote, how you're gonna get there, what ID you're going to use if you need one, even who you're going to 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 6th. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description.

Thank you for voting.