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Deadline nearing to register to vote in presidential election

September 14, 2004|by TAMELA BAKER

If you're planning to cast a vote for president this year but haven't yet registered, you're running out of time.

The deadline to register for the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 12 at 9 p.m., according to the state Elections Board.

Voter registration applications are available from most government agencies, including Motor Vehicle Administration offices, Offices on Aging, post offices, marriage license bureaus, social services offices, public libraries, public institutions of higher education and state and county Board of Elections offices.

Applications also are available online at www.elections.state.md.us, or at www.mdvotes.org. Eligible voters also may have applications mailed to them by calling the state's 24-hour line at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

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Voters who have registered since Jan. 1 must provide identification information before casting votes. Identification may be presented to the Board of Elections before Election Day. Acceptable identification information includes a valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows the voter's name and address.

The deadline for obtaining absentee ballots is Oct. 26. Afterward, late applications for absentee ballots must be made in person at the Board of Elections office. They must be returned by Election Day and will be canvassed Nov. 4. The deadline for receiving absentee ballots from outside the United States is Nov. 12.

Local votes will be certified by the end of business Nov. 12. Statewide, the vote will be certified Nov. 15.

The Washington County Board of Elections office is at 35 W. Washington Street, Room 101, in Hagerstown. For information, call the office at 240-313-2050.

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