The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election is 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9. People should register to vote in the general election with their county's election office.

Throughout the state, people who have not voted at least once in the last five years must register to vote. Those who are registering for the first time don't need to bring any documentation with them. Those who have moved within the county since they last voted should notify their county's supervisor of elections in writing, over their signature, by Oct. 9.

The deadline to apply to vote by absentee ballot is Oct. 31. After that deadline, people who find they must be out of their county due to employment, a death in the immediate family or illness, may apply from Nov. 1 through Nov. 7 for emergency absentee ballots. Absentee ballots must reach the board of elections by 8 p.m., Nov. 7.

Registration will take place at the following times and places:

Montgomery County - Silver Spring Library, the upper level of Montgomery Mall, White Oak Library and Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg, today. Friday and Monday, 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Board of supervisors of Elections office in the outer balcony of the Rockville Mall, today. Friday and Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Wheaton Library, Friday and Monday, 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Safeway store at the Damascus Center, Safeway store in Olney and Peoples Drug Stores at Quince Orchard Shopping Center, Saturday, noon at 6 p.m.

Call 279-1507 for registration information.

Prince George's County - Padgett's Corner Giant Food Store in Camp Springs, Clinton Plaza Giant Food Store. Free State Mall Giant Food Store in Bowie, Beltway Plaza Shopping center (across from the theater) in Greenbelt, Hampton Mall (theater lobby) in Capitol Heights, Iverson Mall (upper level, near Richman Brothers) in Marlow Heights, Marlboro Square Shopping Center A&P Store in Upper Marlboro, Laurel Shopping Center Giant Food Store, Prince George's Plaza (near Baskin Robbins) in Hyattsville and the main lobby of the New Carrollton Mall in Riverdale, Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Board of Supervisors of Elections Office, 4744 Main St., Upper Marlboro, today, Friday and Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 627-2811 for registration information.

Howard County - Board of Supervisors of Elections Office, Suite 117, Gorman Plaza Building, 8950 Rte. 108, Howard County, today and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.