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As citizens, we know it is our inalienable right to participate in the electoral process.

Ron Williams

Read "Why We Must Vote," an essay by University of Baltimore lecturer Ron Kipling Williams, M.F.A. '16.

This right has been fought for and won by people of many backgrounds—people who were historically disenfranchised or otherwise disallowed or repudiated. This right is one of our most sacred institutions, protected by the laws of the United States.

As an academic institution, the University of Baltimore is concerned not only with the educational success of its students, but with their civic engagement and with the engagement of the larger community. One of the most fundamental ways to fulfill a citizen's civic responsibility is through voting.

The UB Voter Education independent study course was launched in spring 2014 through the College of Public Affairs. Students were tasked with raising their "Voter IQ" by learning about the voting process, election cycles, elected representatives and other critical elements of civic responsibility. Students then applied this knowledge to develop this online Voter Education Project to:

  • inform, educate and empower the community
  • provide information on voter registration, the voting process, voting schedules and locations, a directory of elected officials, district maps and other relevant information.

For the health and vitality of our neighborhoods, our communities and our nation, we must exercise the power of the vote. Find out how you, as a citizen, can do just that. Use this guide to become active, engaged and aware. 

Early Voting: How? When? Where?

Voting early is the same as voting on Election Day. It's about your convenience, your availability, and so on. Just because you have something scheduled that will keep you away from the polls on Election Day, doesn't mean you should give up your chance to cast your ballot.

When you get to the early voting center (Baltimore locations listed below), you will check in to vote and fill out your ballot. Just like on Election Day, you'll use the touchscreen voting system. Instructions will be available, and trained election judges will be available to answer your questions or provide assistance.

Remember: It's your right to vote—you're just exercising it a little early!

For the fall 2016 election, Maryland's early-voting period will be held from Oct. 27 until Nov. 3. In Baltimore City, early voting hours during this period are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Westside Skill Center 
4501 Edmonson Ave. (rear; enter on Athol Ave.)
Baltimore, Md. 21229

The League for People with Disabilities 
1111 E. Coldspring Lane
Baltimore, Md. 21239

Maritime Industries Academy School #431 
5001 Sinclair Lane (rear of building; enter via Truesdale Ave.)
Baltimore, Md. 21206

Public Safety Training Center 
3500 W. Northern Pkwy.
Baltimore, Md. 21215

Southeast Anchor Library
3601 Eastern Ave. 
Baltimore, Md. 21224 

Community Engagement Center 
1 N. Poppleton St. (enter on W. Baltimore St.)
Baltimore, Md. 21201

Questions? Contact the Baltimore City Elections Board, 410.396.5550.