Early voting starts Thurs.
Runs through Nov. 3
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— Cecil County voters can begin voting as early as Thursday at the county’s only designated early voting site, the Cecil County Administration Building, located at 200 Chesapeake Blvd.
Early voting will span eight days from Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8 a. m. until 8 p. m. every day.
“We do expect longer lines, particularly the first two days of early voting and the last day, as well,” County Election Director Debbie Towery said Tuesday.
Presidential election years typically bring out more voters to the polls, Towery explained.
“Weekends during early voting tends to be slower, so some voters may want to vote then to avoid waiting in line,” she suggested.
For those who prefer waiting until Election Day on Nov. 8, they can cast their ballots at one of 21 polling places throughout Cecil County, which will be open from 7 a. m. until 7 p. m. Sample ballots have
already been mailed out to all registered voters listing their designated polling place.
On ballots, county voters will find a somewhat smaller selection of races than in years past on the local front. Democrats did not field candidates for either county council race, so Republican candidates Bob Meffley and Jackie Gregory only have to survive long- shot write- in candidates to win their respective races. In the District 2 board of education race, Jim Fazzino’s opponent, Erin Doordan, dropped out of the race following the primary election, also leaving him only opposed by a write- in candidate.
Meanwhile, voters will have choices for county executive where Republi- can candidate Alan McCarthy, who currently serves as vice president of the county council, will face Democrat Wayne Tome, who currently serves as mayor of Port Deposit. In board of education District 1, incumbent board member William Manlove is opposed by newcomer Kevin Emmerich.
On the national front, voters will of course choose between Republican candidate Donald Trump, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein for president. In the House of Representatives, incumbent Republican U. S. Rep. Andy Harris, of Baltimore County, is opposed by Democrat Joe Werner, of Harford County, and Libertarian Matt Beers, of Cecil County, in the District 1 race. Finally, in the race to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski, voters Early voting begins at the County Administration Building on Thursday and runs through Nov. 3.
will choose from Democratic U. S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Republican State Delegate Kathy Szeliga and Green party candidate Margaret Flowers.
Also on ballots will be two questions for voters.
The first is whether to approve a new 10- year term for at- large Maryland Court of Special Appeals
Judge Dan Friedman. Appointed to the state’s second highest court in 2014 by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley, Friedman served as assistant attorney general from 2008 to 2014.
The second question asks voters whether to amend the state constitution to require the gover- nor to select from a list of candidates provided by a political party when filling vacancies of either Maryland’s attorney general or comptroller. Currently, the governor is not bound by law to appoint a replacement from the same political party as the previous official.
It’s hard to predict what, if any, impact Trump’s accusations of a potential rigged election may have on voter turnout, according to Towery. But she is confident that Cecil County and the state have many precautions in place, as they have for years, to make the election results secure.
“We have the equipment, the process and the people who run and oversee the elections to assure accuracy and integrity of the voting process, systems and the votes themselves, as well as voter privacy,” Towery said.
She urges all voters to check out the Maryland State Board of Election’s website link for more information at: www. elections. state.md.us/press room/ rumor control. html.
As of Sept. 1, voter registration numbers show a total of 70,901 voters in Cecil County, which is up more than 10 percent over the last general election.
Towery has hired 10 local people to serve as field support on election day and she’s also hired 300 judges to help at the polling places on Nov. 8.
“I’d like to personally thank each election judge who works with us during each election year in our county,” she said. “Without them, there would be no election. They work tirelessly, alongside staff, to ensure the voting process during early voting and on election day runs smoothly, while protecting the privacy of voters and accuracy of the votes cast.”
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