Mak McIver: Tuesday is deadline to change party affiliation

The presidential race is building up to be one of the most controversial and participated elections in the history of the United States of America.
The Democrat and Republican Party events are turning out record number of supporters and protesters alike.

The Maryland Primary will be held on April 26. Unlike other presidential primaries in recent history, the presidential race will be far from being determined.

We expect to have a record number of voters turn out for the primary, including some voters that have never participated in a primary before.
In Maryland, you can only vote for a candidate running in the party that you are currently registered.

This means that you must be a registered Democrat to vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Likewise you must be a registered Republican to vote for Ted Cruz, John Kasich or Donald Trump.

If you are registered as an unaffiliated, or with a third party, you are not eligible to vote in the April 26 primary.

If you would like to change your party affiliation and be part of the process, however, it’s not too late.

There are three easy ways to change your party affiliation and vote for your favorite presidential candidate, but you must act by Tuesday, April 5.

1. Go to the Maryland Board of Elections website. Click on “Voter Registration,” update your registration information, then go to the Maryland Online Voter Registration System. Simply fill out the voter Registration and Absentee Ballet Request Form and include any changes to your voter information. You will need your Maryland Driver’s License handy for verification; or:

2. Call the local Board of Elections at 410-548-4830. or:

3. Stop by the Board of Elections, located at 123 Bateman St. in Salisbury. They’re open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You must be registered as a Democrat or a Republican by April 5 in order to vote in the Maryland Primary.

Mark McIver is Chairman of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee.

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