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In compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, Graduate School USA provides the following information on registering to vote. This information applies only to Graduate School USA students who are citizens of the United States. Information is provided in detail for the locations in which Graduate School USA has physical offices. Click on a link below or scroll down for more information.

District of Columbia

Information on registering to vote in other states may be found at:

In addition, most states allow registration using the National Mail Voter Registration Form developed by the Election Assistance Commission. This form contains mailing instructions and voter registration deadlines for the District of Columbia and all 50 states.

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Voter Information for DC, HI, MD, VA, and WV

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics
Room 250-North
441 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-2525

Who can register to vote?
To register to vote in the District of Columbia, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years old by general Election Day
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Not be in jail for a felony conviction
  • Not have been adjudged "mentally incompetent" by a court of law
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else but DC

How do I register?
To register, visit the DC Board of Elections and complete the process online or print out a Voter Registration Application (PDF) and mail it to the DCBOEE at the address above. You may also register:

  • in person at a District of Columbia Board of Elections (BOE) office and other DC agency offices, as well as at public libraries, fire stations, and police stations;
  • on the Driver License or Identification Card Application (Form DMVR-4), if you visit a DMV office in person;
  • and at your polling place on Election Day.

What is the deadline to register to vote?
Deadlines depend on how you register to vote and what type of ballot you want to cast:

  • If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked no more than 30 days prior to election day.
  • If you register in person, you must do so:
    • Before early voting begins, to use a regular ballot.
    • Up to and including election day to cast a special ballot.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?
You can check your voter registration status on the BOEE website, or call the BOEE office at (202) 727-2525.


State of Hawaii
Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
(808) 453-8683 / 453-VOTE
(800) 442-8693 (Toll Free)

When is the next election?
Hawaii's General Election is held on the first Tuesday in November in every even numbered year (Hawaii State Constitution, Article II, Section 8).

Ways to Register

Registration Deadlines

  • Primary Election: July 14, 2016
  • General Election: October 10, 2016

Your application must be postmarked to the City/County Clerk where you reside by the dates specified above.

How do I verify my voter registration?
Verify your voter registration status by contacting your City/County Clerk’s Office. Registered voters will receive a voter notification card ("yellow card") a few weeks prior to Election Day. Receipt of this card notifies you that you are a registered voter in the State of Hawaii. The card will indicate your voter registration status and your polling place. Should you wish to follow up on your voter registration application, contact the office of the City/County Clerk.

Additional Questions?
Visit the Hawaii Office of Elections Frequently Asked Questions page for most commonly asked questions about voter registration.


Maryland State Board of Elections
Suite 200
151 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 269-2840
(800) 222-8683

Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote in Maryland, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a Maryland resident
  • Be at least 18 years old by the next Election
  • Not be under guardianship for mental disability
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
  • Not have been convicted more than once of a crime of violence (Criminal Law Art. 14-101)
  • Not have been convicted of an infamous crime (any felony or crime involving an element of deceit, fraud, or corruption) unless:
    1. you have been pardoned, or
    2. you have completed the court-imposed sentence* (first conviction), or
    3. at least 3 years has passed since you completed the court-imposed sentence* (second or later conviction).

The court-imposed sentence includes probation, parole, community service, restitutions, and fines.

If you are not certain if you qualify, contact the local board of election where you live or the State Board of Elections.

The Voter Registration Application is available from the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

How do I register to vote?
Voter registration applications are available at the Motor Vehicle Administration, Social Services Offices, Post Offices and Libraries. You may contact the local board of elections where you live to request an application, call the State Board of Elections at (410) 269-2840, or download a voter registration application from the State Board website.

Once you have completed the application, send it to the local board of elections office for processing. You are considered a registered voter when you receive your Voter Notification Card from your local board of elections. If you do not receive your card within three weeks after you submit your application, you should contact the local board of elections. Addresses and telephone numbers can be found here.

When is the next election?
Election dates are posted on the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

What is the deadline to register to vote?
The registration deadline is 9:00 p.m., 21 days before the election.


Virginia Board of Elections
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3485
(804) 864-8901
(800) 552-9745

Deadlines for Registration
To vote in a general or primary election, you must be registered 22 days before the election. To vote in a special election, the deadline is 13 days before the election. For a special election called by the governor, you must be registered seven days before the election in order to vote in it.

Voter Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization.
  • You must be a resident of Virginia not claiming a residency in another state.
  • You must be 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election.
  • You must NOT have been convicted of a felony, unless your rights have been restored by the governor or other authority.
  • You must NOT have been judged to be mentally incompetent.

How do I register to vote?
Like other states, Virginia allows you to register to vote or change your voter registration information at any Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Registering to vote is as easy as filling out the voter information area on the driver's license/ID card application form, DL1M. (This form is not available online, but you can have one mailed to you.) You must give full and complete information on the form, and sign it on the front.

When is the next election and the deadline to register to vote?
Go to the Virginia Department of Elections website.

West Virginia

West Virginia
Secretary of State
Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-6000
(866) 767-8683
(304) 558-0900

How do I register to vote in West Virginia?
It is easy to register to vote or update your registration information - just follow the simple steps below. If you have any questions, please visit the West Virginia Secretary of State website Voter FAQ page.

Please register only if you are an eligible West Virginia resident. If you reside in another state, use USA.gov to find links to your home state's registration information.

You may register to vote if you meet the following criteria:

  • I am a citizen of the United States of America;
  • I am a resident of West Virginia;
  • I am at least 17 years of age and will be 18 by the next general election;
  • I am not currently under conviction, probation, or parole for any felony, election bribery, or treason;
  • I have not been judged incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Check to see if you are already registered.

Use the form below to register to vote in West Virginia or update your voter registration information:
Download the West Virginia Voter Registration Form (PDF).

Follow these steps to register to vote or update your information:

  1. Register using your home address. The law requires that you register where you live, not at a business address or Post Office box. When updating your registration, you must register after you have moved.
  2. Click in the boxes on the form to type in your current information. Mark the appropriate selection depending on whether you are completing a new registration, an address update or a party change. When you are finished entering the information, print the form. You must complete the remaining steps.
  3. Sign your legal name in the signature box under the phrase "SIGN YOUR NAME IN THE SPACE BELOW." We're sorry, but the form currently cannot be submitted online.
  4. Find your County Clerk's address in the roster of County Clerks and enter it on the mailing face of the card. Add postage. Mail your complete form to the County Clerk. Be sure to check the registration deadlines for the next state/county election (21 days before the next election).
  5. If you do not receive a notice in the mail within three weeks, call your County Clerk to see if there is a problem. The clerk is required to mail a notice to you at the address you provide, but if the notice is returned undeliverable at that address, the clerk cannot legally complete the registration and issue your voter card.

Deadlines for Registration
Primary Election Deadline: April 19, 2016
General Election Deadline: October 18, 2016

Three weeks before each election, county officials will begin putting together poll books for the respective precincts in their counties. For county clerks to be able to put this information together, the deadline for citizens to register to vote, change their address, or switch political parties is exactly twenty-one (21) days before that election. WV Code §3-2-6