County Comment: Absentee ballots, early voting, general election

County Comment
Absentee ballots, early voting, general election
By Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

You have "no excuse" not to vote on November 2nd.
County and State elections officials have put programs in place that allow all citizens equal opportunity to vote in the coming General Election.
Can't get to the polling place? Get an absentee ballot-deadline to request one by mail, fax, or email is Tuesday October 26th.
Don't want to go to the polling place for whatever reason? Maryland's "No Excuse" absentee ballot allows absentee voting for any reason.
Want to vote with a paper ballot? Absentee ballots are the answer.
Don't want to vote on the 2nd of November? Vote early, from October 22-28, except on Sunday October 24th at the early voting location, 128 West Washington Street in Hagerstown.
Acting Director of the Washington County Board of Election Supervisors Office, Kaye Robucci, said that the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the 2010 Gubernatorial General Election by mail, fax or email is Tuesday, October 26th, 2010. Any registered voter in Maryland may make a request and vote by absentee ballot.
A voter who wishes to vote in this manner must request an absentee ballot in writing and sign the request. The absentee ballot application can be printed from the State Board of Elections' website at www.elections.state.md.us or requested from the Washington County Board of Elections. To request an absentee ballot application from the Washington County Board of Elections, call 240-313-2050 or visit the office at 35 West Washington Street, Room 101, in Hagerstown, from 8am to 4:30pm.
The Washington County Board of Elections must receive a completed and signed absentee ballot application: by 8pm on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 if mailed, or if faxed or emailed, by 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.
After Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, all requests for an absentee ballot must be made in person at the Washington County Board of Elections. After October 26th, the late application for absentee ballot will be posted at www.elections.state.md.us, but a voter must submit the late application in person at the Washington County Board of Elections Office.
The 2010 Gubernatorial General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, with all 50 polling places in the County open from 7am until 8pm. All polling places are accessible to people who have disabilities. Some locations will utilize alternate entrances, so voters should watch for directional signs at the polling place.
For more information, please contact the Washington County Board of Elections at
240-313-2050 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or www.elections.state.md.us.
Exercise your Right to Vote!