Voter registration deadline approaching
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.