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It's our responsibility as citizens to vote

Laurel Leader

Voting is our responsibility as citizens.

Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith has provided the following information on the process in a recent newsletter. The Maryland General Election is Nov. 6, with early voting available Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. (online or postmarked).

If you have a Maryland drivers license or MVA-issued ID, you can register to vote online at Your signature on file at MVA becomes your voter registration signature. If you do not have a valid license, you will need to mail your application since a signature is required. Those who have difficulty getting to the polls for any reason can vote via absentee ballot.

Maryland does not maintain past lists of absentee voters. You must reapply for an absentee ballot for every election. Even if you requested one for this past Primary you must request one again for this General Election.

Ballots may be requested online, by mail or in person. Ballots must be requested by mail or fax by Oct. 30, or downloaded by Nov. 2. You must mail it or hand-deliver it to the local board of elections. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6. More information regarding absentee voting may be found at

To quote Valentino-Smith, ‘Voter turnout is crucial to our Democracy - please take the time to vote and help ensure your family members and neighbors are aware of the upcoming deadlines.”

Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

The Montpelier Arts Center has announced its 2018-2019 season which provides us with many opportunities to wash the dust off. There are book discussions, jazz concerts and visual arts exhibits.

Through Oct. 28, “Abstract Perspectives” demonstrates how different artists view the world. Also through Oct. 28, “Chris Peregov: Light Moderator” displays photographs of paper sculptures which produce light and shadows.

The art galleries are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admission is charged.

For the performing arts fans, Friday, Oct. 12 brings Forro for All featuring Northeastern Brazilian music. Performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, with a 10 percent discount for Montpelier members and seniors.

For the literary folks, Karen Arnold leads a discussion of “Claire of the Sea Light” by bestselling author Edwidge Danticat. The discussion takes place on Monday, Oct. 15, from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Pat Farmer, chair of the St. Nicholas Bazaar Planning Committee, wants to let the community know that St. Nicholas will not have a bazaar this October as it is preparing for construction of a new parish hall and there won’t be room. The church appreciates the support the community has given to the bazaar in past years and hopes to have an even bigger bazaar in its new hall, once it is built.

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