Attention, procrastinators: Monday is the deadline for registering to vote in Maryland's March 5 primary election.
Prospective voters may register in person by 9 p.m. Monday or by mail postmarked by that time.
Along with a presidential primary, races in the state's eight congressional districts and for circuit court judge will be on the ballot.
The most hotly-contested congressional race is in the Baltimore area's 7th District, with 32 candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who is resigning to head the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Baltimore election officials, fearing a low voter turnout, are planning a last-minute push to register voters at Mondawmin Mall Monday.
"Registration has been somewhat low, since the November election of '95," said Barbara E. Jackson, city election administrator.
When 7th congressional district residents vote March 5, they will choose a Democrat and a Republican to compete in a special general election April 16 to determine who will complete the last nine months of Mr. Mfume's term.
Also, both candidates will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot, vying for a full, two-year congressional term.
People who miss registering for the March 5 primary will have the opportunity to register on March 18 for the April special general election for the 7th District seat.
Those wanting to register before Monday's deadline may do so at any city office, including libraries, fire houses and social service offices.
The city election board, 417 E. Fayette St., will be open for voter registration from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and from 8 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday. For more information, city residents can phone 396-5550.
Residents in other communities can call their local election board or the State Administrative Board of Election Laws at 1-800-222-VOTE.