Voter registration deadline is Oct. 16
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.
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.