Marylanders have until 9:00 tonight to register to vote in the June 24 primary. That is also the deadline to change party affiliation, update an address or request an alternate polling place.

State election officials said voters can register online or go to their local boards, which will be open until 9 p.m. Voters also can mail in a voter registration application, which must be postmarked today.

At the election office, voters will be asked to list their driver's license or state identification number, or provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number.

The deadline comes nine days before early voting begins on June 12.

Voters will choose Democratic and Republican candidates for governor and attorney general in the primary. They will also select candidates for the U.S. House, state Senate, House of Delegates and a number of local offices.

Maryland has a closed primary system, meaning voters of one party can't participate in the other party's primary balloting.

As of the end of the April, Maryland had 3.7 million registered voters. Democrats held a 2-1 advantage – about 2 million Democrats to 952,320 Republicans. Unaffiliated voters and those from other parties accounted for 716,830.

Residents with a Maryland driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration-issued identification are permitted to register online at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration.

Jeff Barker