With the deadline approaching for Maryland voters to register to vote or update their registration information, a Frederick County election official expects the county to continue a recent trend of high voter turnout.
In the past two presidential elections, Frederick County has had higher than 80 percent turnout, said Stuart Harvey, election director for the Frederick County Board of Elections.
Harvey said he expects a similar turnout this year, given that the ballot will contain an initiative determining whether the county will move to a charter form of government or maintain its current commissioner-based government, several high-profile statewide referendums, and the presidential election.
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election — as well as for registered voters to make changes to their name, address or party affiliation — is Oct. 16.
Absentee ballots must be mailed by Oct. 30.
The best time to vote at one of Frederick County's 60 polling places is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Harvey said.
Polling places usually experience a rush between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. as people vote before going to work, then another bump around 6 p.m. until polls close at 8 p.m., Harvey said.
Eligible voters must be Maryland residents who are at least 18 years old on or before the Nov. 6 election date.
According to the State Board of Elections, online applications to vote must be submitted by 9 p.m. Oct. 16, while paper applications must be received by a local Board of Elections by the same deadline.
Online registration or updating information can be completed at www.elections.state.md.us.
Paper voter registrations are available at local boards of elections, Motor Vehicle Administration offices, state health department offices, Department of Social Services offices, Offices on Aging, Division of Rehabilitation Services, public colleges, universities and community colleges, marriage license bureaus, post offices, public libraries, the state Board of Elections, or by calling 800-222-8683.
Voters can verify their registration status by clicking on the “Look up your voter registration” box at www.elections.state.md.us, as well as see if their assigned polling place is accessible to people with disabilities.
Elderly voters or voters with disabilities who are assigned to inaccessible polling places can request a new polling place by going to www.elections.state.md.us and searching for “polling place reassignment,” according to state elections officials.
If a request is received by the Oct. 16 deadline, the local board of elections will determine if an accessible polling location that has the same ballot as the voter's assigned precinct exists, and notify the voter of the results.