By DON AINES
5:55 PM EDT, October 7, 2012
The deadline for Washington County residents to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 16, and there are some other important dates to remember, according to county Election Director Kaye Robucci.
As of Oct. 2, there were 86,008 registered voters in the county, including 38,100 Republicans and 31,366 Democrats, according to Board of Elections figures. There are another 15,782 unaffiliated voters and 760 registered with small parties.
“Forms are available at all state agencies, the post offices, we can mail you an application, you can register online. Applications are everywhere,” Robucci said.
The number of registered voters before the 2008 election was 84,900, not much different than the registration figure prior to the April primary, when there were 84,100 registered voters, Robucci said.
“We can definitely tell there’s an increase” in registration since the primary, but it’s as heavy an influx of new voters as might be expected in a presidential year, Robucci said.
Applications for new registrations, or changes of party or address, have to be at the Elections Board office at 35 W. Washington St. by 9 p.m. Oct. 16, Robucci said.
Mailed application forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 16, she said.
Early voting is set to run from Saturday, Oct. 27, to Thursday, Nov. 1. As in the primary, early voting will be at the American Red Cross of Washington County, 1131 Conrad Court.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, and Monday Oct. 29, through Nov. 1. Voting is from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
There had been 1,776 requests for absentee ballots as of Wednesday, Robucci said. Absentee ballot applications have to be delivered by mail or in person to the Elections Board office by 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Faxed absentee applications have to be received before midnight.
The Elections Board fax number is 240-313-2051.
After Oct. 30, a late application for an absentee ballot must be completed in person at the Elections Board office, or be picked up and delivered by a designated agent of the voter. In that case, the voter and the person to serve as agent must fill out a Designation of Agent form.
Those who have questions about whether they are registered may call 240-313-2050.
For more information about registration, Robucci said voters may go to www.elections.state.md.us.
Robucci said the following polling places have been moved:
• District 18-1 has moved to Bethel United Methodist Church, 21006 Twin Springs Drive, Smithsburg. The former polling place was the Chewsville Community Center.
• District 8-0 has moved to Rohrersville Road Station 8, 3417 Rohrersville Road. Voters in that district previously voted at the Rohrersville Ruritan Building.
• Districts 24-1 and 24-2 have moved to the WACOHU Grange Hall, 16412 National Pike. Voters in those two districts previously voted at Horst Fencing.
• District 10-2 voters will cast ballots in the gymnasium of South Hagerstown High School. The former polling room was in the school’s main lobby.
Important election facts
Deadline to register for the Nov. 6 election: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Registration forms: Available at the Washington County Elections Board, 35 W. Washington St., Hagerstown; state agencies and post offices.
Forms may be mailed by request by calling the Elections Board at 240-313-2050.
Early Voting: Saturday, Oct. 27, to Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Red Cross of Washington County, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Sunday, Oct. 28, when the polling place will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
Absentee ballots: Available at the Elections Board office until Oct. 30.
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