Voter reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Oct. 16

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By KATIE TABELING kta­bel­ing@ce­cil­whig.com

CE­CIL COUNTY — As the 2018 elec­tion looms ahead in Novem­ber, the Ce­cil County Board of Elec­tions wants ci­ti­zens to be aware of one im­por­tant dead­line that’s rapidly ap­proach­ing: Oct. 16.

That’s the dead­line to change po­lit­i­cal party af­fil­i­a­tions, re­quest an al­ter­nate polling place or regis­ter to vote in a race that will de­cide the county’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in fed­eral and state of­fices and whether Re­pub­li­can Gov. Larry Ho­gan should serve a sec­ond term or whether Demo­cratic con­tender Ben Jeal­ous should as­cend to the Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion.

There are 65,575 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Ce­cil County, as of Fri­day af­ter­noon, but it’s not too late for vot­ers to regis­ter. Ce­cil County res­i­dents with a Mary­land driver’s li­cense or state-is­sued iden­ti­fi­ca­tion that are not cur­rently reg­is­tered to vote, must regis­ter by 9 p.m. Oct. 16 if they want to par­tic­i­pate in the Novem­ber elec­tion. That in­cludes 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the time the midterm elec­tion rolls

around Nov. 6.

To regis­ter, vot­ers can fill out a pa­per reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion or com­plete an on­line form. The pa­per reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion can be found in Ce­cil County at the county Board of Elec­tions of­fice and the county Ag­ing and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices, both at the Ce­cil County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing at 200 Ch­e­sa­peake Blvd. in Elk­ton, the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion, post of­fices, pub­lic li­braries, and mar­riage li­cense bu­reaus. Ap­pli­ca­tions can also be found at the State Board of Elec­tions’ web­site, at elec­tions. mar yland.gov/voter_reg­is­tra­tion/ap­pli­ca­tion.html.

Signed ap­pli­ca­tions can be hand de­liv­ered to the county board of elec­tions at the Ce­cil County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing by 9 p.m. Oct. 16. If sent through the mail, ap­pli­ca­tions must be post­marked by that date.

County vot­ers can also regis­ter to to vote, change their ad­dress or party af­fil­i­a­tion on­line, at vot­erser vices.elec­tions.mar yland. gov/On­lineVoterRegis­tra­tion, or by mak­ing a re­quest in per­son at the county Board of Elec­tions of­fice at 200 Ch­e­sa­peake Blvd. in Elk­ton. Vot­ers and mem­bers of the mil­i­tary, their spouses and de­pen­dents who are over­seas and do not have a Mary­land driver’s li­cense or state-is­sued ID, can also regis­ter to vote on­line by us­ing dif­fer­ent iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Voter reg­is­tra­tion, ad­dress change or party change forms can also be mailed out, per re­quest made in per­son or over the phone with the Ce­cil County Board of Elec­tions at 410-996-5310.

The ab­so­lute lat­est some­one can regis­ter to vote is dur­ing early vot­ing, which is held one week be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion. Early vot­ing, held be­tween Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, serves as an op­por­tu­nity for those to avoid the long lines at the polls or those that won’t be in town dur­ing elec­tion day. The county’s early vot­ing cen­ter is lo­cated in the Elk Con­fer­ence Room at the Ce­cil County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in­clud­ing week­ends.

Those in­ter­ested in same-day reg­is­tra­tion dur­ing early vot­ing need to bring a doc­u­ment prov­ing res­i­dency such as a Mary­land driver’s li­cense, a pay­check, bank state­ment or a util­ity bill.

Oct. 16 is also the dead­line for el­derly vot­ers and vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties to re­quest to be re­as­signed a new polling place. Most of Mary­land’s polling places are ac­ces­si­ble to vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties, but if a voter is as­signed to an in­ac­ces­si­ble polling place, they can sub­mit a re­quest in writ­ing to the county Board of Elec­tions by 9 p.m.

Ac­ces­si­ble polling place forms are avail­able on­line at the state Board of elec­tions web­site at elec­tions.mary­land.gov/pdf/re­quest_­for_ac­ces­si­ble_polling_­place.pdf, or can be mailed out per re­quest at the state Board of Elec­tions at 1-800-222-8683.

To ver­ify voter reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus or to find out if an as­signed polling place is ac­ces­si­ble, vot­ers may visit vot­erser vices. elec­tions.mar yland.gov/VoterSearch.

Other im­por­tant dates in the 2018 midterm elec­tion in­clude the dead­lines to re­quest an ab­sen­tee bal­lot. If in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing an ab­sen­tee bal­lot by mail, vot­ers need to send a com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion to the county Board of Elec­tions by Oct. 30. To re­quest an ab­sen­tee bal­lot by in­ter­net de­liv­ery, the dead­line is Nov. 2.

Re­quests for ab­sen­tee bal­lots can be emailed, sub­mit­ted on­line, faxed or mailed in. To re­quest an ab­sen­tee bal­lot by tele­phone, call the county Board of Elec­tions at 410-996-5310 be­tween the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If vot­ers miss the dead­line to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for an ab­sen­tee bal­lots, they can re­quest one in per­son at the county Board of Elec­tions at the Ce­cil County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing.

All ab­sen­tee bal­lots are re­viewed, re­gard­less of whether or not the ab­sen­tee bal­lots will im­pact the out­come of an elec­tion. The county board of elec­tions will re­view ab­sen­tee bal­lots on Nov. 8 and Nov. 16.

The Gen­eral Elec­tion Day polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6. To find your polling precinct, go to elec­tions.mary­land. gov and click “Find Your Polling Place.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on vot­ing dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion, call the Ce­cil County Board of Elec­tions at 410-996-5310 or the Mary­land Board of Elec­tions at 1-800-2228683.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

The dead­line to regis­ter to vote in the Novem­ber elec­tion is Oct. 16. Dead­lines for ab­sen­tee re­quests and chang­ing of a polling place fol­low soon after.

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