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June 2, 2014

Last chance

Tomorrow is deadline for Md. voter registration

Tomorrow is a red letter day for any Marylander not registered to vote — or for registered voters who want to change party affiliation.



Allegany County’s election administrator, Diane Loibel, said the county has 41,815 registered voters. Of those, 20,196 are Republican, 15,248 Democrat and 6,371 unaffiliated.



After tomorrow, voter registration and changes to registration will close until after the June 24 primary. Once the primary is held, registration rolls will be reopened and changes will be accepted until Oct. 14. While many people will be going to the polls on election day, numerous voters will cast ballots during the early voting period. Early voting for the primary election will take place from June 12-19 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the county office building on Kelly Road. The same times will apply in the general election, with early voting available from Oct. 23-30.



Loibel said there are two categories of voters. Active voters have up-to-date addresses. Inactive voters have been mailed two pieces of mail and that mail has been returned as undeliverable. They can still vote but they need to provide an updated address.



Primary election turnouts in Allegany County are often low. For example, the 2012 primary had a voter turnout of only 28 percent, despite the fact that voters were being asked to cast ballots for president.



With early voting and absentee ballots being available in addition to polling hours on election day, there is little excuse for registered voters to not cast ballots.



You can’t vote if you are not registered. Tomorrow’s deadline gives procrastinators a reminder to take action.

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