Deadline near to register to vote in primary

February 07, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Marylanders who wish to cast a ballot in the state's March 2 primary election must be registered to vote by Tuesday.

City, county and state election offices will stay open until 9 p.m. that day for in-person registration. If voters choose to register by mail, their applications must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Voters in past elections in Maryland do not need to reregister for the primary, as long as they have remained state residents and kept their names and addresses current with their local election boards.

To register, residents need a photo identification or a copy of a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document showing name and address.

Absentee ballots must be requested through local boards of election by Feb. 24.

Absentee ballots can be brought in person to local election boards until 8 p.m. March 2. If they are mailed from inside the United States, they must be received by the local elections board by 4 p.m. March 3. If mailed from outside the country, they must be received by 10 a.m. March 12.

For more information, call your local board of elections or visit the state Board of Elections Web site: www.elections.

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