You don't need to justify your request for an absentee ballot for the upcoming Presidential General Election.
All you have to do is ask.
And according to Cecil Board of Elections Director Debbie Towery and other staffers, requests for absentee ballots are pouring into the office.
"We've gotten a lot of calls and mail requests for absentee ballots. A lot more than normal," said staffer, Lora Walters who has worked at the election board for 18 years. She said that means that canvassing will take longer.
An individual sent out a mailing promoting absentee voting. Those who work at the Election Board said that may have been a reason requests have been on the rise.
"The Election Board is right on schedule with where we need to be at this point," said Towery.
She also said that in year's past, technicians have been hired from all over in case there is an emergency on election day. This year, 10 local technicians have been hired. Three of those were hired from Cecil College. "We have a new emphasis on hiring locals and providing longer training for election day," said Towery.
The 2016 Presidential General Election is less than a month away.
Close of registration for voters ends at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18.
Early voting will be held at the Cecil County Administration Building on Thursday, October 27 through Thursday, November 3. Early voting runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The deadline to request absentee ballots is Tuesday, November 1.
General election day is Tuesday, November 8 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
There will be ballot canvasses on November 10, 16, and 18. The election will be certified on Friday, November 18.