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Election 2012: Still time to register to vote in some states
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Voters around the country will fill out ballots next week for elected offices and various ballot issues. Registration and absentee ballot deadlines have been extended in two states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Although most states have seen their deadlines to register to vote come and go, potential voters in 10 states still have time to ensure their opportunity to cast a ballot on Nov. 6.

Registration is available in Vermont through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Eight states offer same-day registration – Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming – which means you can register and vote at the same time, but only if you have a photo ID with your address on it.

In response to Hurricane Sandy, two states have acted to extend deadlines to register and vote absentee.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy has extended the state’s in-person voter registration deadline by two days. Prospective voters now have until Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. to fill out registration forms and deliver them to their local registrar of voters or town clerk.

“The best thing to do to ensure that nobody is disenfranchised because of the storm is to extend the deadline until after the hurricane has passed,” Malloy said in a statement shortly before the storm hit.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett extended the deadline for voters to request absentee ballots in many cases. The original Tuesday deadline has been moved back by up to two days, depending on how many days county offices were closed due to the storm.

Voters in locations such as Philadelphia now have until Thursday to fill out absentee ballots at county election offices. The new deadline is Wednesday in areas of the state where government offices were closed for one day.

Any time you move – even across the street – you must reregister. The exception is North Dakota, where no registration is required. It is worth noting that P.O. boxes are not acceptable to establish residency.

If you registered in the past, but haven’t voted for a while, contact your local election office before the deadline to make sure your registration is still active.

To register, visit TruckVote.com and click on “How to register.”

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