Want to vote but can't? Get an absentee ballot
Registered voters unable to get to the polls on election day because of an emergency still can vote Nov. 3 if they obtain an emergency absentee ballot from the Election Board and return it before the polls close.
The board will accept requests for emergency ballots until 8 p.m., when the polls close. It will count any emergency ballot received before then.
Emergency ballot applicants must reveal under penalty of perjury why they cannot vote at their polling place on election day.
Voters unable to apply for absentee ballots in person because of illness, an accident or some other emergency may designate another county registered voter as their "duly authorized agent" to apply for the ballot and return it to the Election Board.
People designated as agents must sign an affidavit that they delivered the emergency ballot to the person requesting it, that the ballot was marked in the agent's presence, that the ballot was placed in a sealed envelope in the agent's presence, and that the agent returned the ballot to the Election Board still sealed.
Cable 15, the county government channel, will broadcast Howard County election returns shortly after the polls close using an electronic bulletin board.
Coverage will be limited to Howard County precincts only.
Police step up patrols on Halloween night
Howard County police plan extra patrols in residential neighborhoods during trick-or-treat hours, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
Police suggest these safety tips:
* Face masks should be easy to see through, and clothing should be light-colored.
* A trusted adult should accompany children and carry a flashlight. Trick-or-treaters should never enter a stranger's house.
* Leave outside lights on for goblins.
* Trick-or-treaters and motorists should look out for each other.
* All treats should be examined by an adult.
* If harmful items are found in a treat, contact police.