Voter regis­tra­tion, party change dead­line is Oct. 16

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Im­por­tant dead­lines for the up­com­ing Gen­eral Elec­tion are ap­proach­ing. The dead­line to reg­is­ter to vote, change party af­fil­i­a­tion, up­date an ad­dress and re­quest an al­ter­nate polling place for this elec­tion is 9 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 16.

To vote in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion, Mary­land res­i­dents who are el­i­gi­ble to vote but are not yet regis­tered — in­clud­ing 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or be­fore the Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion — must reg­is­ter by 9 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 16. This is also the last day for regis­tered vot­ers to up­date their ad­dress with their lo­cal board of elec­tions or change their party af­fil­i­a­tion.

Charles County res­i­dents with a Mary­land driver’s li­cense or MVA-is­sued ID may reg­is­ter to vote, change their ad­dress or change their party af­fil­i­a­tion on­line at vot­erser­vices.elec­tions.mary­land.gov/On­lineVoterRegis­tra­tion.

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

Pa­per voter regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions must be hand-de­liv­ered or mailed to the Charles County Board of Elec­tions. A hand-de­liv­ered ap­pli­ca­tion must be re­ceived by the Charles County Board of Elec­tions by 9 p.m. on Oct. 16, and a mailed ap­pli­ca­tion must be post­marked by Oct. 16.

Voter regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able through­out Mary­land at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: lo­cal boards of elec­tions; Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices; state Depart­ment of Health of­fices; lo­cal Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices of­fices; Of­fices on Ag­ing; Di­vi­sion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices; re­cruit­ment of­fices of the U.S. Armed Forces; pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion; mar­riage li­cense bu­reaus; post of­fices; pub­lic li­braries; the State Board of Elec­tions; and the MTA Para­tran­sit Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Of­fice.

You may also call 1-800222-8683 to re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion by mail or down­load and print a voter regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion at elec­tions.mary­land.gov/voter_reg­is­tra­tion/ap­pli­ca­tion.html.

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. on Tues­day, Oct. 16. The re­quest form is avail­able on­line at elec­tions.mary­land.gov/ pdf/re­quest_­for_ac­ces­si­ble_polling_­place.pdf.

Vot­ers can also call 1-800-222-8683 to re­quest a form by mail. On re­ceipt of a timely re­quest, the Charles 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.

To ver­ify voter regis­tra­tion sta­tus or to find out if an as­signed polling place is ac­ces­si­ble, vot­ers may go to vot­erser­vices.elec­tions.mary­land.gov/VoterSearch.

The Gen­eral Elec­tion is Tues­day, Nov. 6. Early vot­ing be­gins Thurs­day, Oct. 25, and runs through Thurs­day, Nov. 1. Vot­ers may vote in per­son between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the des­ig­nated early vot­ing cen­ters in Charles County. In­for­ma­tion about early vot­ing cen­ters and early vot­ing in gen­eral is avail­able at elec­tions.mary­land.gov/vot­ing/ear­ly_vot­ing.html.

For more in­for­ma­tion, vot­ers may con­tact the Charles County Board of Elec­tion at 301-934-8972 or the State Board of Elec­tions at 1-800-222VOTE (8683) or go to elec­tions.mary­land.gov.

Econ. De­vel­op­ment Dept. an­nounces Fall Meet­ing date

The Charles County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment will host its an­nual Fall Meet­ing on Tues­day, Oct. 30, at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, lo­cated at 3090 Crain High­way

in Wal­dorf, from 8 a.m. to noon. This year’s theme is “Charles County Clos­ing the Work­force Gap.”

Charles County is for­tu­nate to be lo­cated in a highly com­pet­i­tive and dy­namic re­gion that con­tin­ues to grow, and with this comes chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The Fall Meet­ing is an op­por­tu­nity to learn how the work­force plays a vi­tal role in build­ing a com­mu­nity. At the meet­ing, Mary­land Depart­ment of La­bor, Li­cens­ing, and Reg­u­la­tion Sec­re­tary Kelly M. Schultz will be giv­ing the key­note ad­dress, and the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment will re­lease its 2018 Charles County Work­force Study. There will be two panel dis­cus­sions: one on work­force de­vel­op­ment pro­grams within the county and an­other on em­ployer-led ini­tia­tives.

Spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude sev­eral sup­port lev­els with var­i­ous pack­ages for busi­ness ex­po­sure. These pack­ages in­clude ben­e­fits such as busi­ness recog­ni­tion in all mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als, as well as event sig­nage. Spon­sor­ship level con­tri­bu­tions are avail­able from $400 to $1,800.

To learn more about spon­sor­ship pack­ages, con­tact Michelle DeSoto at DeSo­toM@MeetCharlesCounty.com or 301-885-1347. Spon­sor­ship and in­di­vid­ual regis­tra­tion are avail­able at http://fallmeet­ing2018.eventbrite.com.

County re­leases Colum­bus Day hol­i­day sched­ule

All Charles County gov­ern­ment of­fices, fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices not listed will be op­er­at­ing their nor­mal hours on Mon­day, Oct. 8, Colum­bus Day.

All Charles County gov­ern­ment of­fices and the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter in Hugh­esville will be closed.

The Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, se­nior cen­ters, Port To­bacco Re­cre­ation Cen­ter and all school-based com­mu­nity cen­ters are closed.

All in­door pools will be open 1 to 9 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter and North Point).

Charles County Health Depart­ment is closed.

For ques­tions about county gov­ern­ment hol­i­day clo­sures, con­tact the Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice at 301-885-2779 or email PressRoom@ CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles part­ner­ing to con­duct Na­tional Cit­i­zen Sur­vey

Charles County Gov­ern­ment is part­ner­ing with Na­tional Re­search Cen­ter Inc. to con­duct the Na­tional Cit­i­zen Sur­vey (NCS), ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The sur­vey cen­ters on com­mu­nity liv­abil­ity and in­cludes ques­tions about the qual­ity of life in the com­mu­nity, lo­cal poli­cies, de­mo­graph­ics, rat­ing of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ser­vices and res­i­dent use of ser­vices. The NCS is de­signed to pro­vide a base­line of how Charles County Gov­ern­ment is serv­ing res­i­dents, to bet­ter gauge per­cep­tions of the county and to make com­par­isons with peer lo­cal gov­ern­ment agen­cies, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

A ran­dom and sci­en­tific sam­ple of 1,500 house­holds will re­ceive in­vi­ta­tions by mail to par­tic­i­pate in the NCS. Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to look for a post­card in­vi­ta­tion in the com­ing weeks. Re­sponses are con­fi­den­tial. Res­i­dents who do not re­ceive in­vi­ta­tions will have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate at a later date via an on­line por­tal. When the link for the on­line sur­vey is avail­able, in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided on the Charles County Gov­ern­ment web­site at http://www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov.

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