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Today is deadline to register to vote in presidential election in Md.

October 14, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- If you want to vote in the presidential election but are not yet registered, time is running out.

The deadline to register in Maryland for the upcoming general election is today.

Tuesday is also the last day registered voters can change their name, address or party affiliation, and it is the deadline for elderly or disabled voters to apply for reassignment to an accessible polling place.

The Washington County Elections Board, at 35 W. Washington St., room 101, in Hagerstown, will be open until 9 p.m. to accommodate residents.

Voter registration applications submitted in person must be taken to the elections board by 9 p.m. If the application is mailed, it must be postmarked by today.

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Washington County's voter rolls have swelled in recent months with new registrations, Election Director Dorothy M. Kaetzel said.

More than 4,200 people have registered to vote in Washington County since the February primary election, according to voter registration records kept by the Maryland State Board of Elections.

In September alone, more than 1,100 new registrations were received, Kaetzel said.

"We've had a lot, a lot of new registrations," Kaetzel said.

As of Oct. 9, 83,930 people were registered to vote in Washington County, according to a report from the county elections board.

Of those, 32,256 were Democrats; 37,375 were Republicans; and 12,744 were unaffiliated. The rest were divided among other parties.

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