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Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot for 2008 Presidential Primary: Feb. 5

SOURCE: Maryland State Board of Elections

The deadline to request by mail or by fax an absentee ballot for the 2008 Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Any registered voter in Maryland may request an absentee ballot, although a voter will be required, as part of the absentee voting process, to affirm, under penalty of perjury, that he or she will be absent or unable to vote in person on election day.

A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot must request an absentee ballot in writing. An application may be printed from the State’s website at or requested by telephone, in writing, or in person at the voter’s local board of elections. To request an absentee ballot application, please visit or call 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

A local board of elections must receive an absentee ballot application by mail by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2008; or by by fax by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

After Tuesday, February 5, 2008, all requests for an absentee ballot must be made in person at a local board of elections. After February 5th, the late application for absentee ballot will be posted at, but a voter must submit the late application to a local board of elections. Contact information for the local boards of elections is available at (click “Local Boards of Elections” on the left side) or call 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

The 2008 Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, and the Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday November 4, 2008. Additional election-related information and dates are available at

For more information, contact the the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit

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This story was published on January 30, 2008.