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the Calvert County Elec­tion Board. “It went down to 1,150 vot­ers on Fri­day and then our slow­est days are the week­end.”

Scott ex­pects the num­ber of vot­ers will in­crease each day from now un­til the last day, Nov. 1, when the lo­cal board ex­pects it will have the high­est turnout for the week.

Dur­ing the first four days, 1,715 Democrats hit the polls early in com­par­i­son to 1,564 Repub­li­cans. While only 502 non-af­fil­i­ated, Green and Lib­er­tar­ian vot­ers casted their bal­lots in the first four days of early vot­ing.

The four-day to­tal ex­ceeds the to­tal num­ber of vot­ers dur­ing the 2018 early vot­ing pe­riod for Calvert County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers can­di­dates Greg Brown, run­ning as a Demo­crat at large, and Susie Hance-Wells, run­ning as Demo­crat in Dis­trict 2, chat it up with out­go­ing Com­mis­sioner Pat Nut­ter (R) at the early vot­ing cen­ter on Duke Street on Thurs­day.

the pri­mary, June 14 through 21. Then only 2,921 of Calvert’s 50,304 el­i­gi­ble ac­tive vot­ers cast their bal­lots early.

It re­mains to be seen if Calvert

ex­ceeds the early vot­ing turnout to­tal of 12,448 in the 2016 gen­eral elec­tion.

Last Thurs­day, the lo­cal elec­tion board re­ported hav­ing 56 vot­ers in line when they opened their doors at 10 a.m., and by 11:07 a.m. they saw 202 vot­ers cast their bal­lots.

On day one, ex­it­ing vot­ers were self-re­port­ing wait times of 25 to 45 min­utes de­pend­ing on ar­rival time, but wait times dropped to a low of 16 min­utes by mid­day, ac­cord­ing to the elec­tion board.

“The busiest times seem to be in the morn­ing when we first open and then tends to slow down as the day con­tin­ues, but we will get sev­eral rushes through­out the day,” Scott said Mon­day. “This morn­ing we had 32 peo­ple wait­ing in line to vote and 152 peo­ple have voted so far this morn­ing” by 10:51 a.m.

Vot­ers have un­til Thurs­day at 8 p.m. to cast their votes early. It is also the last chance to regis­ter and vote in the up­com­ing elec­tions for county res­i­dents who are el­i­gi­ble but have not yet reg­is­tered.

In or­der to regis­ter and vote dur­ing early vot­ing, county res­i­dents must go to the early vot­ing cen­ter at Calvert County Elec­tion Board’s head­quar­ters on Duke Street with a doc­u­ment that demon­strates proof of res­i­dency.

Ac­cept­able doc­u­ments in­clude Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion-is­sued driver’s li­cense, state ID card, change of ad­dress card, pay­check, bank state­ment, util­ity bill or other gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment with the name and ad­dress.

For more in­for­ma­tion about early vot­ing, go to. https://elec­tions. mary­land. gov/ vot­ing/ ear­ly_vot­ing.html. Vot­ers can also vote on Elec­tion Day on Nov. 6 at their as­signed polling place.

STAFF PHOTO BY TAMARA WARD

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