Early voting for the Presidential General Election begins Saturday, Oct. 27, and runs through Thursday, Nov. 1.

There are five early voting center in Baltimore County, and voters can go to any of them. They will all be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day — except Sunday, Oct. 28, when the centers will be open noon to 6 p.m.

In the Towson area, the closest center is the Towson University Administration Building, 7720 York Road, Towson.

Other sites are Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville; Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown; Honeygo Community Center, 9033 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall; and the North Point Public Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk.

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 Baltimore County Board of Elections, or by visiting 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. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 31 through election day, voters must request an absentee ballot in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections. The absentee ballot application is available at http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/absentee.html.

Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on election day or postmarked on or before election day and received by the Baltimore County Board by Friday, Nov. 16. 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 county Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

Jim Joyner