In case the presidential debate this evening isn’t enough of a reminder, here’s another: Today is the last day to register to vote.
You can register online until 9 p.m. on the Maryland State Board of Elections website here — or, in other words — until the debate begins. Otherwise, you’re out of luck and no one will want to listen to your complaining for the next four years. (You can also register at your local board of elections office until 9 p.m. and at some state agencies until the close of business today.)
You can also check and make sure that you’re registered to vote here, simply by plugging in your name, date of birth and zip code. After you check that you're registered, several handy links pop up, such as the location of your polling place and a link to a sample ballot.
However, the Maryland State Board of Elections site is not yet optimized for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. They recommend using a desktop computer, if you experience any problems.
Along with presidential race, of course, Maryland’s U.S. House of Representatives all face re-election this year.
There’s also a few ballot questions up for vote that have been receiving, oh, a bit of attention. Question 7 would expand gambling in the state; Question 4, known as the Maryland Dream Act, would allow qualifying undocumented residents to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities in Maryland; and Question 6, known as the Civil Marriage Protection Act, would allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses.
More info on all the ballot questions, including the exact language on the above questions, can be found on the Maryland State Board of Elections website here.
See you November 6.