Voter reg­is­tra­tion dead­line ap­proach­ing

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DEN­TON — The dead­line to reg­is­ter to vote, up­date an ad­dress or re­quest an al­ter­nate polling place for the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion is 9 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 18, the Caro­line County Board of Elec­tions said in a news re­lease.

To vote in the gen­eral elec­tion, Maryland res­i­dents who are el­i­gi­ble to vote but are not yet reg­is­tered — in­clud­ing 17-year-olds who will be 18 or older on or be­fore the Nov. 8 gen­eral elec­tion — must reg­is­ter by 9 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 18. This is also the last day for reg­is­tered vot­ers to up­date their ad­dress at their lo­cal board of elec­tions.

Caro­line County res­i­dents with a Mar yland driver’s li­cense or MVA-is­sued ID may reg­is­ter to vote or change their ad­dress on­line by 9 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 18, at https://vot­erser­vices.elec­tions.maryland.gov/On­lineVoterRegis­tra­tion.

Vot­ers and mem­bers of the mil­i­tary, their spouses and de­pen­dents who are over­seas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s li­cense or MVA-is­sued ID may also reg­is­ter or change their ad­dress on­line us­ing dif­fer­ent iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Pa­per voter reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions must be hand-de­liv­ered or mailed to the Caro­line County Board of Elec­tions. Hand-de­liv­ered ap­pli­ca­tions must be re­ceived by 9 p.m. Oct. 18, and a mailed ap­pli­ca­tion must be post­marked by Oct. 18.

Voter reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able through­out Mar yland at ocal boards of elec­tions, MVA of­fices, Maryland Depart­ment of Health of­fices, lo­cal Depart­ment of So­cial Services of­fices, Of­fices on Ag­ing, Divi­sion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Services, pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion, mar­riage li­cense bu­reaus, post of­fices, pub­lic li­braries and the Maryland State Board of Elec­tions.

Ap­pli­ca­tions by mail can be re­quested by call­ing 1-800-222-8683, or they can be down­loaded at www.elec­tions.mar yland.gov/voter_reg­is­tra­tion/ap­pli­ca­tion.html.

Though reg­is­ter­ing to vote be­fore the Oct. 18 dead­line is en­cour­aged, one can also reg­is­ter to vote dur­ing early voting. To do so, go to an early voting cen­ter in the county of res­i­dence and bring a doc­u­ment prov­ing res­i­dence. Ac­cept­able doc­u­ments are an MVA-is­sued li­cense, ID card, change of ad­dress card, pay­check, bank state­ment, util­ity bill or other gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment with one’s name and new ad­dress.

Most of Maryland’s polling places are ac­ces­si­ble to vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties. An el­derly voter or a voter with a dis­abil­ity who is as­signed to an in­ac­ces­si­ble polling place may ask to be re­as­signed to an ac­ces­si­ble polling place. This re­quest must be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing by 9 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 18. The re­quest form is avail­able on­line at www.elec­tions.maryland.gov/pdf/re­quest_­for_ac­ces­si­ble_ polling_­place.pdf or by call­ing 1-800-222-8683 to re­quest a form by mail. On re­ceipt of a timely re­quest, the Caro­line County Board of Elec­tions will re­view the re­quest and de­ter­mine whether there is an ac­ces­si­ble polling place with the same bal­lot as the voter’s home precinct and no­tify the voter of the sta­tus of his or her re­quest.

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