Fi­nal day for vot­ers reg­is­tra­tion Oct. 18

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Ci­ti­zens will have un­til Tues­day, Oct. 18 to reg­is­ter to vote for the Tues­day, Nov. 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but they could reg­is­ter to vote dur­ing early vot­ing if nec­es­sary.

They can reg­is­ter to vote on­line un­til 9 p.m. on Oct. 18 or sub­mit a voter reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion to their lo­cal board of elec­tions or the State Board of Elec­tions. An ap­pli­ca­tion must be post­marked by the voter reg­is­tra­tion dead­line in or­der to vote in the next elec­tion.

To make the vot­ing process quicker, the state Board of Elec­tions en­cour­ages peo­ple to reg­is­ter to vote by the close of voter reg­is­tra­tion.

If you can’t reg­is­ter by that date, go to an early vot­ing cen­ter in the county where you live and bring a doc­u­ment that proves where you live. This doc­u­ment can be your MVA-is­sued li­cense, ID card, or change of ad­dress card, or your pay­check, bank state­ment, util­ity bill, or other gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment with your name and new ad­dress.

Early Vot­ing for the gen­eral elec­tion is Thurs­day, Oct. 27, through Thurs­day, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. un­til 8 p.m. In Queen Anne’s County, there are two early polling sites. One is at Com­mu­nity Ser vices, at the Kramer Cen­ter, 104 Pow­ell Street, Cen­tre­ville, and the other at the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, 1610 Main St., Ch­ester.

To reg­is­ter to vote, you must be a U.S. cit­i­zen, a Mary­land res­i­dent, and 18 years old by elec­tion day. You can’t have been con­victed of buy­ing or sell­ing vot­ers, un­der guardian­ship for a men­tal dis­abil­ity and found by a court to be un­able to com­mu­ni­cate a de­sire to vote, or con­victed of a felony and cur­rently serv­ing a court-or­dered sen­tence of im­pris­on­ment.

Ef­fec­tive March 10, if you have been con­victed of a felony, you are el­i­gi­ble to reg­is­ter to vote once you have com­pleted the court-or­dered sen­tence of im­pris­on­ment. For the pur­poses of eli­gi­bil­ity to reg­is­ter to vote, con­vic­tions in­clude fed­eral, state and out-of-state con­vic­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion about reg­is­ter­ing to vote or vot­ing, go on­line at elec­tions.state.md.us. The site has a link to reg­is­ter to vote on­line.

The Queen Anne’s County Board of Elec­tions is lo­cated at 110 Vincit St., Suite 102, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617. The mail­ing ad­dress is P.O. Box 274, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617. Phone: 410-758-0832.

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