Answers to voter registration questions

October 13, 2008

Q: When is the deadline to register to vote?

A: The deadline to register or change voter information for the Nov. 4 general election is Tuesday. (Oct. 14)

Voter registration applications can be dropped off until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Washington County Board of Elections, 35 W. Washington St., room 101, Hagerstown.

If mailed, voter registration applications must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Q: Can I fax my application?

A: No. Voter registration applications must contain original signatures, and therefore must be submitted in person or mailed.

Q: Where can I find voter registration applications?

A: Applications can be found at the following places:

o Washington County Board of Elections

o Motor Vehicle Administration


o Higher-education institutions

o Post offices

o Public libraries

o Washington County Health Department

o Department of Social Services

o Marriage license bureaus

o Offices on Aging

o Division of Rehabilitation Services

o The Maryland Board of Elections Web site >

Q: On the voter registration application, what is the difference between "Unaffiliated" and "Independent"?

A: Independent is a recognized political party in Maryland.

Choose "Unaffiliated" if you prefer not to register with a political party.

Q: I think I'm registered, but I'm not sure. How can I verify that I am registered to vote in Washington County?

A: Registration is permanent as long as you continue living in Maryland, and keep your name and address current with the local elections board or the MVA.

If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote in Washington County, call the Washington County Board of Elections at 240-313-2050.

You can also check to see if you are registered on the Washington County Board of Elections Web site. Click on "Check Your Voter Registration Status."

Q: I have to vote absentee this year. When do I need to apply for an absentee ballot?

A: Absentee ballot applications must be postmarked or submitted to the elections board by Oct. 28.

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