ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in Maryland is near.
The deadline for paper voter registration applications is Tuesday. A hand-delivered application must be received by the local board of elections by 9 p.m.
A mailed application must be postmarked Tuesday.
It’s the deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address and request an alternative polling place.
“We’re getting lots and lots of applications in, and local elections officials are busy processing them to make sure we get them all done in time for the election,” said Maryland State Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Nikki Charlson.
This includes voters who register through the MVA.
A system glitch this year affected more than 80,000 Marylanders and those who showed up to vote in the primary were given provisional ballots.
“We are confident that all the files they hadn’t sent to us all those records are here, we’ve processed them all so any voter who got caught up in that issue their registration’s been updated appropriately,” Charlson said.
The best way to check for yourself is on the Board of Elections website online.
“That person can confirm whether he or she is registered to vote, do we have the right address, are you happy with your party choice, all those things and then we provide instructions on how to update them,” Charlson said.
If for some reason you miss the deadline Tuesday night, early voting in Maryland begins Oct. 25. It runs through and including Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 6.
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