EASTON - About a month away from the presidential election, Mid-Shore voters registered as Republicans outnumber Democrats by 540.

Registered voters are urged check their voter information and participate in the General Election to improve the number of active voters for registered parties.

"We really want to see our numbers come up," said Cheemoandia Blake of Kent County Board of Elections, "All we can do is keep reminding our community to not only to register to vote, but be an active voter regardless of party affiliation."

Voters registered Democrat in Talbot County are 10,880, with 7,630 in Caroline, 10,140 in Dorchester, 11,129 in Queen Anne's and 5,998 in Kent County, for a total of 45,777.

Voters registered Republican in Talbot County are 12,015 with 7,793 in Caroline, 7,022 in Dorchester, 14,989 in Queen Anne's and 4,498 in Kent County, for a total of 46,317.

Area voters unaffiliated in Talbot County are 4,431, with 3,371 in Caroline, 2,375 in Dorchester, 5,017 Queen Anne's and 1,670 in Kent County.

Voters in Maryland can register to vote online, and update their address information while they're at it, according to the State Board of Elections.

To vote in the upcoming election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered, including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before Nov. 6, must register to vote.

Eligible residents living in Maryland must have a valid and current Maryland driver's license or ID card issued by Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration.

A paper application still can be procured at many government offices, including MVA offices, state department of health offices, local department of Social Services offices and post offices. Voters also can call the State Board of Election's office at 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or for further information.

The deadline to register to vote is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is Tuesday, Oct. 30. Early voting starts Saturday, Oct. 27, through Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, with Sunday hours being from noon to 6 p.m. Election day is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

For more information about voter's registration, visit the State Board of Election's website at www.elections.state.md.us.

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