Early vot­ing slow and steady in county

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— As of nearly 4 p.m. Mon­day, a to­tal of 1,595 vot­ers have cast bal­lots in Mary­land’s Pres­i­den­tial Pri­mary Elec­tion in the county.

That rep­re­sents a voter turnout, so far, hover­ing around 3 per­cent for early vot­ing with three days re­main­ing to cast early bal­lots. Ce­cil County had 22,531 reg­is­tered Democrats and 26,345 reg­is­tered Repub­li­cans as of April 5.

Repub­li­can vot­ers are out-

ELK­TON

pac­ing Democrats through late Mon­day af­ter­noon by 863 Repub­li­can bal­lots com­pared to 698 Demo­crat bal­lots cast in the 2016 pri­mary elec­tion.

Thirty-four vot­ers, de­scribed as “other,” also voted by late Mon­day af­ter­noon. Those vot­ers, ac­cord­ing to one elec­tion of­fi­cial are most likely “unaf­fil­i­ated” and are only able to vote in the one con­tested school board race where three can­di­dates are vy­ing for two spots in District 2 be­cause school board can­di­dates do not run on a party bal­lot.

The first year of early vot­ing was 2010, when 1,288 vot­ers par­tic­i­pated in Ce­cil County. That num­ber jumped to 1,387 in 2012 and 2,229 in 2014.

Un­der a re­cent change to elec­tion laws, un­reg­is­tered vot­ers can reg­is­ter dur­ing early vot­ing in the Elk Room on the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in Elk­ton, but they must have proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with them, such as a driver’s li­cense or valid photo ID with doc­u­ments show­ing their ad­dress.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Ce­cil County vot­ers ar­rive early Thurs­day to be among the first to cast bal­lots in the first of eight days of early vot­ing that pre­cedes Pri­mary Elec­tion Day on April 26.

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