Deadlines are approaching for people who, like the writer of Metro Notes, will be out of town during the Nov. 2 election and want to cast votes in the races for mayor of the District of Columbia, the new senator from Virginia or governor of Maryland, among other offices and issues.
In both Maryland and Virginia, voters already can cast absentee ballots in person by going to the Maryland offices of county supervisors of elections or Virginia offices of voting registrars. In the District of Columbia, such in-person balloting starts next Monday at the Board of Elections and Ethics in the District Building, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Here's the rundown of deadlines and absentee voting requirements, as reported by the various voting offices:
District of Columbia -- Absentee voters may apply by letter (no special form is needed) for ballots by mail up to next Monday, Oct. 18. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 in order to be counted. Those expecting to be out of the city on election day may also vote in person at the Board of Elections office between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Oct. 18 to 29.
Maryland -- Voters must request applications for absentee ballots from the county supervisors of elections and must return the applications by Oct. 26, although that date is cutting it close, since the ballots the supervisors send out after receiving applications must be cast and returned to the elections office no later than 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 2. Voters may cast ballots in person at the elections offices up to Oct. 26; spouses may obtain absentee ballots for their husbands or wives. Office times may vary from county to county.
Virginia -- Voters must request applications for absentee ballots from the county or city registrars by Oct. 28, although that date is cutting it even closer than Maryland's rules since the ballots must be cast and received by the elections office by the close of business on Nov. 2. Voters may cast ballots in person at the registrars' offices up to Oct. 30. As in Maryland, office times may vary among communities.
And, oh yes -- it's too late to register if you haven't already done so.