Dorch­ester sees high turnout for Elec­tion Day

Dorchester Star - - What’s Up - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Don­ald Trump de­feated Hil­lary Clin­ton to win the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and Con­gress­man Chris Van Hollen, DMd.-8th, earned a vic­tory in the U.S. Se­nate.

Trump has earned 290 elec­toral votes to Clin­ton’s 228 by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Clin­ton won Mary­land’s elec­toral votes but Trump won all the coun­ties on the MidShore.

In Dorch­ester County, Trump re­ceived 7,938 votes to Clin­ton’s 5,695 votes.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions to Trump Wed­nes­day morn­ing and called for politi­cians on both sides of the aisle to work to­gether.

“Now is the time for all of us to come to­gether to find real so­lu­tions to the prob­lems we face as a coun­try. For the past two years, our ad­min­is­tra­tion has been com­mit­ted to work­ing with both Democrats and Repub­li­cans to change Mary­land for the bet­ter and that is ex­actly what we need to see more of in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. As we move for­ward, I en­cour­age both par­ties to leave be­hind the di­vi­sive pol­i­tics that have marred this elec­tion sea­son and our na­tion for far too long and fo­cus on do­ing what is best for Amer­ica,” Ho­gan said in a state­ment.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot of­fered thanks to ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in Tues­day’s elec­tion and con­grat­u­lated Trump on his vic­tory.

“Grate­ful this morn­ing for ev­ery Mary­lan­der who took time to par­tic­i­pate in yes­ter­day’s elec­tions — whether as an elec­tion judge, a vol­un­teer for the can­di­date of their choice, or sim­ply as a voter who cared enough about their coun­try and com­mu­nity to cast a bal­lot,” Fran­chot said. “It takes a re­mark­able amount of shared ef­fort to pull off a statewide elec­tion, and credit goes to ev­ery­one who made ours pos­si­ble.

“It’s no se­cret that I sup­ported Sec­re­tary Clin­ton and had no short­age of dif­fer­ences with Don­ald Trump over the course of this cam­paign. That said, we’ve had our say, and he is now the Pres­i­dent-Elect of the United States,” he said. “While I’m nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed in the out­come, I’d also like to think that — as a mat­ter of re­spect for the demo­cratic process and in recog­ni­tion of what he will soon have to deal with — we can come to­gether as Amer­i­cans and pray that Pres­i­dent-Elect Trump will rise to the oc­ca­sion.

“To be sure, we will con­tinue to have our mean­ing­ful dis­agree­ments, and we will call him out and hold him ac­count­able when we feel the public in­ter­est re­quires us to do so,” he said. “And to be sure, we will have our say again in four years. That’s democ­racy, and it’s a good thing.

“For the time be­ing, though, I’m just ready to set the po­lit­i­cal brick­bats aside and give the man a chance to gov­ern in ac­cor­dance with his new­found stature as the leader of a great na­tion in a deeply trou­bled world,” Fran­chot said. “And now that the elec­tion is over, I per­son­ally be­lieve that all of us could use a lit­tle break from the end­less po­lit­i­cal de­bates of the past few months, and per­haps re­dis­cover our fo­cus on those things that brought us to­gether as friends and neigh­bors in the first place.”

Van Hollen won the seat that has been filled by re­tir­ing Demo­crat Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski. Van Hollen is out well ahead of Del. Kathy Szeliga, R-7-Baltimore County. Van Hollen is sit­ting on about 1.5 mil­lion votes to Szeliga’s 898,312.

In Dorch­ester County, Szeliga re­ceived 7,351 votes to Van Hollen’s 6,127 votes.

Dorch­ester County Board of Elec­tions said the county re­ceived a good turnout this Elec­tion Day 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the county board of elec­tions, more than 14,000 votes were cast in Dorch­ester County.

“Early vot­ing num­bers were def­i­nitely up,” said Dorch­ester County Elec­tion Direc­tor Gwen­dolyn Dales.

Dales said early vot­ing num­bers were up from pre­vi­ous years with 3,757 bal­lots al­ready cast be­fore Tues­day, Nov. 8. Ab­sen­tee bal­lot counts hover at ap­prox­i­mately 700 after the first can­vas, but the fi­nal tally is not yet avail­able.

Dales said the per­cent­age of voter turnout is on tar­get to meet the num­bers from the 2012 gen­eral elec­tion, which gar­nered ap­prox­i­mately a 76 per­cent turnout rate.

“Ev­ery­thing is go­ing pretty smoothly so far,” Dales said. “We haven’t had any is­sues with ma­chines.”

BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE/VWINGATE@CHES­PUB.COM

The El­do­rado-Brookview Fire Hall, a polling sta­tion serv­ing a north­ern part of Dorch­ester County.

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