Maryland voter registration deadline is near

Maryland residents must register to vote by Oct. 18.

Maryland residents who wish to vote on Election Day in November must register to do so by Oct. 18.

Voters can register online at the Maryland State Board of Elections website up until 9 p.m. They can also print an application from the website and mail it to their local board of elections or the state board. The application must be postmarked by Oct. 18.

Applications can be completed in person at these locations:

•Local boards of elections

•The State Board of Elections

•The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

•The Department of Social Services

•The Motor Vehicle Administration

•Offices on Aging

•The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

•All public colleges and universities

•U.S. Armed Forces recruitment offices

•Marriage license offices

•Offices for students with disabilities at all Maryland colleges and universities

Registration is allowed during early voting, too. Voters must take a document that proves where they live, such as a driver's license, bank statement, utility bill or government document, to an early-voting center in their county.

Early voting will take place between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. The voting centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Eligible voters are U.S. citizens at least 18 years or older. The Maryland General Assembly passed a law this year that allows released felons to vote.

For more information, visit the State Board of Elections website, elections.maryland.gov.

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