Early voting slow and steady in county
— 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-
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 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.