Early vot­ing starts Thurs.

Runs through Nov. 3


cmat­tix@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.”


A Mary­land State Po­lice tac­ti­cal team moves in on the sus­pects’ mo­tel room Tues­day af­ter­noon in search of a third threat.


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