Md. primary voters will be voting differently this year

FILE -- Voters fill out their ballot papers Tuesday, March 1, 2016 as voting begins.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

WASHINGTON — Maryland voters: Your chance to cast your ballot is coming up faster than you may think.

While the primary is set for April 26, early voting begins April 14 and runs through April 21.

If you need to register for the first time, or you’re thinking about changing your party affiliation, you’ll have until Tuesday  to get that done.

There’s also a new way to vote. Maryland has dumped its touch screens. Instead, you’ll be casting a paper ballot. The change is the result of 2007 legislation calling for ballots that could provide a paper trail.

Elections officials say that while it’s great that you’re psyched about voting for the candidate of your choice, you can’t take selfies in the voting booth or in the room where the voting’s taking place.

Maryland has an administrative regulation on the books barring cameras from the polling place. Similar laws and policies are in place in a number of states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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