9:02 AM EDT, October 26, 2012
Early voting for the presidential general election begins on Saturday, Oct. 27 and runs daily through Nov. 1.
There is one early voting center in Carroll County — at the Westminster Senior Activities Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. The center is open for voting on Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., then Sunday, Oct. 28, noon to 6 p.m.; and Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Election Day, Nov. 6, voters must vote at the polling place to which they are assigned.
Voters can find their assigned precinct by looking at their voter notification card from the Carroll County Board of Elections, or by going to http://www.elections.state.md.us. On election day, polling places will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Whether voting early or on the traditional election day, all voters will use the touch-screen voting system to cast their ballot. There will be instructions available as well as election judges on hand.
Sample ballots are mailed to each voter and are available at http://www.elections.state.md.us.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 30. The absentee ballot application is available at http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/absentee.html.
The state board of elections said that starting Oct. 31, people can still get an absentee ballot, but a late application must be completed in person at the local board of elections.
State officials said that when hand-delivering a request, voters can pick up the absentee ballot, then either take it and return it by mail, or vote at the board office and give it to an election official.
All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.
Information about provisional ballots is available at http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/provisional_voting.html.
For more information, voters may contact the Carroll County Board of Elections at 410-386-2080 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).