Same-day voter reg­is­tra­tion avail­able dur­ing early vot­ing

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — For the first time, el­i­gi­ble Mary­land res­i­dents can reg­is­ter to vote and reg­is­tered vot­ers can make ad­dress changes dur­ing early vot­ing, the state board of elec­tions has an­nounced.

If the vot­ers meet all the re­quire­ments, they can both reg­is­ter and vote at the early vot­ing cen­ter. The same-day reg­is­tra­tion or ad­dress change process is only avail­able dur­ing early vot­ing. It will not be avail­able on elec­tion day. Party or name changes can­not be pro­cessed dur­ing early vot­ing or elec­tion day.

The board of elec­tions said that to reg­is­ter dur­ing early vot­ing or up­date their ad­dress, peo­ple must be el­i­gi­ble to vote in Mary­land, go to an early vot­ing cen­ter in the county where they live, and bring a doc­u­ment prov­ing res­i­dency. The doc­u­ments that prove res­i­dency are a Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MVA) is­sued driver’s li­cense, ID card, or change of ad­dress card, or a pay­check, bank state­ment, util­ity bill or other govern­ment doc­u­ment with the voter’s name and cur­rent ad­dress.

There are 67 early vot­ing cen­ters in Mary­land, and each cen­ter will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs­day, April 14, through Thurs­day, April 21, (in­clud­ing Satur­day and Sun­day).

There is at least one early vot­ing cen­ter in ev­ery county. Queen Anne’s County has two: Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, Kramer Cen­ter, 104 Pow­ell St., Cen­tre­ville and the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, 1610 Main St., Ch­ester.

The Mary­land State Board of Elec­tions said, ac­cord­ing to prior vot­ing pat­terns, the best days to vote to avoid de­lays will be Satur­day, April 16, and Sun­day, April 17. For more in­for­ma­tion about early vot­ing, visit www.elec­tions.mary­land.gov/vot­ing/ear­ly_vot­ing.html. Elec­tion day is Tues­day, April 26.

For more in­for­ma­tion, vot­ers may con­tact the State Board of Elec­tions at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit www.elec­tions.mary­land.gov.

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