Your vote is your voice

Record Observer - - OPINION -

I would like to re­mind read­ers of the im­por­tance of vot­ing in the midterm elec­tions on Nov. 6 and to rec­om­mend vot­ing “yes” on Ques­tion 2.

Early vot­ing takes place Oct. 25 to Nov.1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those not reg­is­tered may regis­ter at the polls on th­ese dates. Elec­tion Day is Tues­day, Nov. 6. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mary­land cit­i­zens over 18 can vote. Col­lege stu­dents at­tend­ing col­lege in Mary­land can use their col­lege ad­dresses. For­mer con­victs, even if still on pro­ba­tion, can vote.

Cit­i­zens may vote us­ing an ab­sen­tee bal­lot with­out stat­ing the rea­son. Ab­sen­tee bal­lots can be or­dered in the fol­low ways: on­line with a valid Mary­land driver’s li­cense or Mva-is­sued ID card at elec­tions.mar­ing/ ab­sen­tee.html or go to the Kent County Board of Elec­tions, 135 Dixon Drive, Chester­town, or the Queen Anne’s County Board of Elec­tions, 110 Vincit St., Cen­tre­ville, Mon­day through Fri­day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to com­plete a form. Ab­sen­tee bal­lots must be post­marked on or be­fore elec­tion day, Nov. 6.

A “Yes” to Ques­tion 2 on the bal­lot is a vote in fa­vor of al­low­ing cit­i­zens to regis­ter at the polls on Elec­tion Day (in ad­di­tion to the cur­rent law, en­acted in 2013, whereby cit­i­zens can regis­ter at the polls dur­ing the early vot­ing pe­riod). Many states now al­low this op­por­tu­nity. Im­ped­i­ments to vot­ing should be re­moved.

Rides to the polls are avail­able through Your Vote, Your Voice! by call­ing 443-485-1342.

In the words of Su­san B. An­thony, “Some­one strug­gled for your right to vote. Use it.” Your vote mat­ters.



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