Absentee Ballots Campaign 92

October 18, 1992

Registered voters who are unable to make it to the polls on Nov. 3 -- Election Day -- are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Here's how to do it:

* Non-emergency requests: Deadline for absentee ballot requests is Tuesday, Oct. 27. Applicants can either apply in person at the local elections board or send a letter to the board requesting a ballot. Due to time constraints, the letter is considered the application. The letter should contain the name and address of the registered voter, the address where the ballot should be mailed, and the reason why the voter will be unable to make it to the polls. Common reasons are planned vacations or business trips and scheduled hospital visits. Voters who appear in person to apply will be given the ballot that day. Ballots must be received by the election board -- delivered either by mail or in person -- no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

* Maryland voters living overseas: Absentee ballots must be postmarked before Election Day. In those areas where mail would not carry a postmark, a voter affidavit attesting to the fact that the ballot was completed before election day must be included. Ballots must be received by the elections board no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13.

* Emergency requests: In cases where voters are unable to make it to their polling places because of an emergency, such as an unscheduled hospital stay, they still can obtain an absentee ballot after Oct. 27. An agent for the absentee voter -- who must be a resident of the jurisdiction in which the voter resides -- should obtain an application and ballot from the local elections board. Once completed by the voter, the application and ballot must be returned to the board by the agent for the voter no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

SOURCE: Barbara E. Jackson, Administrator, Baltimore Board of Supervisors of Elections

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