How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?

Delaware

How do I register to vote? You may register to vote online, by mail, in-person, or by phone. Phone contacts can be found here. To register by mail, download, print and send in this form to your local county’s election office. Delaware’s website also provides a helpful portal online where you can find more information registering to vote.

Am I already registered? If you’re unsure whether you’re registered to vote, Delaware provides a free online portal to check.

What is required to register and what’s the deadline? To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Delaware, 18 years or older by Election Day, not judged mentally incompetent, and if convicted of a felony, you must have completed your sentence. Certain felonies are disqualifying and listed here. The deadline to register to vote in-person, by mail, and online, is October 10.

Voters may use the state of Delaware’s online portal to register to vote and find more information about local restrictions.

How can I vote? You can vote in person on November 3 or by absentee/mail-in ballot starting October 24.

How do I get a mail-in ballot? Delaware is a “no-excuse” state for voting by mail. In June, Delaware’s Senate approved a bill authorizing universal voting by mail in primary, general and special elections in Delaware this year. Under the vote-by-mail legislation, the Department of Elections will be mailing applications for mail-in ballots to all registered voters in the state. You can also request a mail in ballot online by using this online portal or you can download, print, and send in this form to the Department of Elections office in the county where you reside.

You must turn in your absentee application no later than October 10. Your ballot must be returned in person by 8 p.m. Election Day, November 3. Ballots postmarked after November 3 will not be accepted.

What’s the earliest I can vote and what’s the deadline? Delaware does not allow early in-person voting. The only day you can vote in person is November 3. If you are voting absentee, you may vote early starting on October 24.

Can I vote in person? Yes. You can vote in person on November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can use this tool to find your nearest polling place.

How do I make my vote count? Although recommended, it is not mandatory that you show proof of ID to vote in Delaware. The state will make you fill out a form if you do not have an ID. A list of acceptable IDs can be found here.
If you’re submitting an absentee ballot, you must put it in a special ballot envelope, seal it, and sign the document. In addition to that you must follow the specific guidelines regarding sending it to the Department of Elections Office.

WIll I know if it’s rejected and can I correct it? Yes. You can only look up whether your provisional ballot was counted in the election by using this tool. You will not be able to correct your ballot.

Who counts my vote and when do they start? Mail-in ballots will begin to be counted on October 30; however, the vote will not be reported until polls close on Election Day. In-person voting starts after polls close on November 3. Delaware’s Department of Elections counts the votes.

How do I sign up to be a poll worker? You must fill out an application online, located here, and be trained, read the election manual and complete other tasks that can be found here.

New Jersey

How do I register to vote? You can register to vote in person, online, or by mail. Download and print the online application here and send or hand in the application to county commissioner of registration or superintendent of elections. 

Am I already registered? The portal to find out if you’re already registered in New Jersey is here

What is required to register and what’s the deadline? To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old (you must be 18 years old to vote), a resident of the county for a minimum of 30 days before the election, and not be serving a sentence of incarceration as a result of a conviction of any indictable offense under laws of any state in the US. 

The deadline to register to vote for both in-person and by mail is October 13. Voters can find an online application or mail-in voting registration form here.

How can I vote? You may vote in person on November 3 or by absentee/mail ballot. New Jersey is a “no excuse” state — you need no excuse to request an absentee ballot. 

How do I get a mail-in ballot? Print and mail an application to your county commissioner of registration or superintendent of elections. You can find the online application here. New Jersey will be mailing a ballot to every registered voter, though there will still be in-person polling locations across the state where people can cast a paper ballot.

Turn in your application to the office of the county commissioner or registration or superintendent of elections by October 13. Mail ballots are sent out 45 days before the election, so you will receive a mail ballot by September 19. Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by November 3 and received by 8 p.m. 

What’s the earliest I can vote and what’s the deadline? New Jersey offers early in-person voting starting September 14. If you decide to vote by mail, ballots were to begin being sent September 19. 

The latest you can vote in person is November 3. Mail-in ballots are due November 3, by 8 p.m. 

Can I vote in person? You can vote in person on November 3, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find your polling location here.

How do I make my vote count? It is not mandatory for New Jersey voters to show an ID when voting, but first-time New Jersey voters or those who registered by mail and didn’t provide an ID must show one to vote.   

Mail ballot voters can track their ballots here or call their county election officials.

Will I know if it’s rejected and can I correct it? You can call 1-877-NJVOTER to find out if your ballot was accepted or rejected only after the election is over. No, you cannot correct your ballot. 

Who counts my vote and when do they start? Signature verification of mail-in ballots will occur upon receipt. Vote counting will begin on November 3 (Election Day) after close of in-person polls. County election officials will count your vote. 

How do I sign up to be a poll worker? Fill out the application. If you want to become a poll worker, you must attend a mandatory training, be a registered voter, and must be able to read and speak English.

Maryland

How do I register to vote? Register to vote in person, by mail or online. Print and fill out a form from this page and mail it to your local board of elections. A full list of locations is here and here. Maryland’s State Board of Elections also provides an online portal for voter registration. 

Am I already registered? The portal to find out if you’re already registered in Maryland is here

What is required to register and what’s the deadline?  You must be a U.S. citizen, a Maryland resident, at least 18 years old by the next general election, and not have been convicted of buying or selling votes, or found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote, or be convicted of a felony and currently serving a sentence. 

Maryland also requires a Maryland driver’s license number, MVA ID Card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number to register. Maryland also has same-day voter registration. The deadline to register in person, by mail or online: October 13. If the deadline passed and you’re trying to register before November 3, you can go to an election day voting center. 

How can I vote? You may vote early in person (see below for information) or on November 3 or by absentee/mail ballot. An absentee ballot application was mailed to all registered voters in August. 

The application must be received by October 20. Ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by your local election office by November 10 at 10 a.m.

How do I get a mail-in ballot? To get a mail ballot, print and mail an application here and send it to your local election official. You can also request one online here. You can also hand deliver, fax or email it.  A full list of local boards of elections is here.

Absentee ballot applications were mailed to every registered voter in August. You can check the status of your application here

What’s the earliest I can vote and what’s the deadline? Maryland has an early in-person voting period or you may send in your mail ballot. The state will begin to send out mail ballots on October 13. Mail ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and delivered to your local election office by November 13 at 10 a.m. You can vote early from October 26 through November 2. Early voting centers will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find your early voting center here.

Can I vote in person?  Yes. In October, you will receive a mailing that tells you where and when you can vote on Election Day. You can vote on November 3 in person from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Use this tool to find your nearest polling place.  

How do I make my vote count? You usually will not be asked for ID if you’re on the list of registered voters, but may be asked to show identification in some cases when voting at your polling place. A full list of approved forms is here.  If you registered to vote during early voting or changed your address during early voting, you are likely to be asked to show identification. 

Will I know if it’s rejected and can I correct it? No. Maryland will not notify you if your ballot is rejected, and you will not have an opportunity to correct it. You can track your ballot here

Who counts my vote and when do they start?  Your election officials will be in charge of processing and counting your vote. Absentee ballots will begin to be processed after polls close. The actual counting of ballots will happen no later than an hour after 8 a.m. on November 4. 

How do I sign up to be a poll worker?  To be a poll worker (or “election judge”) in Maryland, you must be a registered voter, be at least 16 years old and be willing to work a 15-hour day. You can find a full list of requirements here

However, because so many voters have signed up in Maryland, the state is only looking for voters to serve as substitute judges. You can find more details and apply here