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Montgomery residents facing changes to where they will vote in the 2014 election can comment on pending changes in March.

Montgomery County Board of Elections will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on March 2 at its office at 18753 N. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. The public can discuss changes to precinct boundaries, polling places and precinct mergers that resulted from the 2010 U.S. Census and Maryland’s 2012 legislative redistricting.

In 2011, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly approved newly drawn districts for the state’s eight congressional seats. Voters upheld the new districts at the polls last November.

Because of those redrawn districts, several Montgomery County election precincts must also change, according to a board of elections news release.

Any changes that happen will go into effect for the 2014 election cycle.

Those wishing to comment on the changes at the March hearing are asked to visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Elections/BoardInformation/PublicParticipation.html.

The site provides information and preparation guidelines.

A detailed matrix of the proposed modifications will be posted on the Board of Elections website, www.777vote.org, approximately five days prior to the public hearing and can be viewed at the Board of Election’s office weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the release.

Those unable to testify but who want to submit written comments can send them to elections@montgomerycountymd.gov.