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'Cutting Edge' Online Voter Registration Launches in Maryland

Maryland is one of a handful of states nationwide offering the service.

Residents in Maryland with a valid drivers’ license or identification card can now register to vote online for the first time, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced.

Mary Wagner, Maryland’s director of voter registration at the State Board of Elections, called the move, which was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2011, “fairly cutting edge.”

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State officials did a soft launch of the online voter registration tool July 9 and moved it to the main state elections home page on Tuesday, Wagner said.

Since the soft launch, Montgomery County voters have registered 37 new registrations and six changes of address, as of Thursday afternoon, Wagner said.

Five county voters and one address change had been registered using the tool since Tuesday, she said.

“It’s convenient for the voters,” Wagner said. “If you’re moving, the last thing you’re thinking about is moving your voter registration records.”

Maryland is one of 13 states with online voter registration either implemented or approved by state lawmakers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The online voter registration system is expected to increase the number of registrants and "go a long way in cleaning the voter rolls," Wagner said.

"Election officials will not be having to read handwriting, interpret handwriting," she said. "You can’t put in a bad address."

The address that potential voters input must match a state database, which means "you can't misspell an address," she said.

The new tool also should help ensure voters are voting the correct ballot and should help local elections boards by cutting down on the number of people voting provisional ballots, Wagner said.

The deadline in Maryland to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 16. Paper registrations must be post-marked by that date. Voters can register online or by walk-in at their local elections board up until 9 p.m. Oct. 16, Wagner said.

To participate in online voting in Maryland, you must have a state drivers’ license or identification card issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Wagner said. Otherwise, you can pre-populate the online form and mail it in, she said.

The state elections board includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” page that includes a way to email the state board specific questions and a “Rumor Control” page that dispels several misconceptions about voting in Maryland.

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amdactivist January 05, 2013 at 11:54 PM
yes they are voting. Get involved and sign on to do voter research in your own home and in your own time. See for yourself how many voters jammed into one small property or living on vacant lots and how many voters have several VR #'s >Voter registration numbers which makes them capable of voting several times. See how many are seniors over 100 and still voting yet when you call the nursing home they tell you they deceased.. www.truethevote.org
amdactivist January 05, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Meg, as a many year disgusted democrat i agree with B.. They aren't the dixie crats of yesteryear but a bunch of spend thrift unconsionable goofs who can't tell right from wrong. I will say we still have a few good ones but the majority suck!
amdactivist January 06, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I have a couple left wing jack asses for you. Mainly rehired because of voter fraud. Viva la babs, Cardin, miller, Busch, Leggitt, vallario, ivey, Guttierez and many more
amdactivist January 06, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Here is jusat a few of our Maryland politicians that have a failing grade on immigration.. They have no problem giving our jobs, money and benefits to non citizens. $2 billion tax $$ a year we pay to non citizens. Vote them out. "it is ok to swing vote and vote the person not their affiliation” ______________________________________________________ GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyer, Donna Edwards, Viva la Babs Mikulski, Obama, Barak Ana Gutierez, Donna Edwards, . Ali Saqib, Curtis Anderson , Charles Barkley, Benjamin Barnes, Kumar Barve, Joanne Benson, Elizabeth Bobo, John Bohanan, Talmadge Branch, Aisha Braveboy, William Bronrot, Michael Busch, Rudolph Cane. Jon S. Cardin, Ben Cardin, Jill Carter, Galen Clagett, Virgina Clagett, Frank Conaway, Norman Conway, Dereck Davis, Ann Marie Doory, Kathleen Dumais, Brian Feldman, Barbara Frush, Tawanna Gaines, James Gilchrist, Cheryl Glenn, Marilyn Goldwater, Melanie Griffith , Guy Guzzone, Hattie Harrison, Keith Haynes , Anne Healey , Henry Hank Heller. Sheila Hixson Marvin Holmes, Carolyn Howard, James Hubbard , Tom Hucker,
amdactivist January 06, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Continued:Jolene Ivey, Adrienne Jones, Anne Kaiser, Nancy King, Benjamin Kramer, Carolyn Krysiak, Jane Lawton. Susan Lee, Garron Levi, Murray Levy, Mary Love, Roger Manno, Maggie Mcintosh, Heather Mizeur, Karen Montgomery, Peter Murphy , Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Doyle Niemann, Nathanial Oaks, Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Shane Elizabeth Pendergrass, Victor Ramirez, Craig Rice, Barbara Robinson, Samuel Rosenberg, Justin Ross, Barbara Robinson, Luiz Simmons, Melvin Stukes, Shawn Tarrant, Herman Taylor 11, Frank Turner, Veronica Turner. Kriselda Valderrama, Joseph Vallario jr, Michael Vaughn, Jeffrey Waldstreicher

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