Early vot­ing turnout steady

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Voter turnout has been re­ported steady around the county. By Tues­day af­ter­noon, Oct. 30, 5,468 peo­ple in Queen Anne’s County had cast their bal­lots dur­ing early vot­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Board of Elec­tions. That amounts to 15.34 per­cent of the county’s 35,648 el­i­gi­ble ac­tives.

Those num­bers break down as fol­lows: 2,881 Repub­li­can; 1,923 Demo­crat; 2 Green; 21 Lib­er­tar­ian; 615 un­af­fil­i­ated; and 26 other.

Early vot­ing be­gan Oct. 25 and con­tin­ues through Thurs­day, Nov. 1, with polls open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vot­ers may go to the early vot­ing sites in their county to cast their bal­lots any day through­out that pe­riod, in­clud­ing Satur­day and Sun­day, which vot­ing of­fi­cials say are the least busy days.

Queen Anne’s County has two early vot­ing sites: the Kent Is­land branch of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, 200 Li­brary Cir­cle, Stevensville; and the new Queen Anne’s County of­fice build­ing, Con­fer­ence Room, 110 Vincit St., Cen­tre­ville.

On Elec­tion Day, Tues­day, Nov. 6, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vot­ers will cast their bal­lots in their home precincts.

Queen Anne’s County Elec­tion Scan­ner Judge Kim­berly Al­varez, right, helps vot­ers place their pa­per bal­lots into the elec­tion scan­ner in­side the Kent Is­land Li­brary multi-pur­pose room Mon­day morn­ing, Oct. 29. Here, she talks with Rachel Fore­man of Stevensville as an­other voter leaves the polling sta­tion. Al­varez said, “This is my first year be­ing an elec­tion judge. I started with the Pri­mary vot­ing this past June. I en­joy see­ing all the cit­i­zens come out and vote.”

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Queen Anne’s County Bal­lot Judge Becky Chance, left, pre­pares to hand voter Su­san Miller her pa­per bal­lot Mon­day morn­ing, Oct. 29, in­side the Kent Is­land Li­brary multi-pur­pose room, one of two early vot­ing polling places in the county. Re­ports said some 30 vot­ers were wait­ing in line when the polls opened Mon­day, and there was a steady stream of vot­ers all morn­ing at Kent Is­land.

Cam­paign signs ga­lore line the en­trance to the Kent Is­land Li­brary in Stevensville, Satur­day, Oct. 27, dur­ing early vot­ing.

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