Tuesday is general election day in Maryland.

Registered voters around the state will go to the polls to elect candidates for a variety of offices. On the statewide level, there are races for governor, liecutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and several congressional seats. In area suburban races, there are candidates for county executive, county council and county commission; school board, the state legislature and a variety of courthouse offices.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters in line when the polls close ill be allowed to complete the voting process.Write-in candidates are permitted; instructions on how to write in a candidate will be available to polling places.

The deadline for requesting absentee ballots has passed. However, absentee ballots can be obtained from election officials if a voter can show justifiable reason for missing the Oct. 31 deadline.

For more information, voters may call their county election boards: Montgomery County, 279-1507; Prince George's, 952-3270; Howard, 997-7644; Charles, 934-8962, and Anne Arundel, 224-1811.

The Washington Post sent questionnaires to candidates in statewide and congressional races and to candidates seeking local offices in Montgomery, Prince George's Howard, Charles and Anne Arundel counties. The answers appear in today's Voter's Guide. Except as noted, voters should vote for one candidate in each race.