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The Maryland state board of elections voted 4-1 on Oct. 31 not to approve an additional early voting site for Montgomery County during the 202…

ROCKVILLE – The Maryland State Board of Elections voted 4-1 to direct the Montgomery County Board of Elections to propose an early voting site on Oct. 8. The county board of elections voted back in September not to pursue a 12th early voting site for the 2020 presidential elections, emphasizing the cost it would create […]

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By Neal Earley ROCKVILLE — With a rejuvenated electorate, Montgomery County’s early voting numbers are on the rise. Perhaps because of national politics, or an unusually contested County Executive race, early-voter turnout numbers are on the rise in Montgomery County. In Montgomery County, 92,167 voted early, more than double the early-voter numbers from the last […]

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Numbers from the State Board of Elections show that early-voting turnout is higher than in previous midterm elections.

Through the first five days of the week-long early-voting period, 17,079 people casted ballots for the 2018 primary election, a significant increase from the 9,672 ballots cast through the first five days of the 2014 primary.

Starting Thursday, people who wish to vote in person can vote at any for early voting poll location in their county. Designated Polling places will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., through and including June 21 for early voting. Maryland residents can also vote in person on election day at their assigned voting […]

GAITHERSBURG — Next Tuesday, Gaithersburg residents will cast ballots for mayor and two members of the City Council.  Early voting was held last Saturday and Sunday at City Hall.

Incumbent Mayor Jud Ashman was originally appointed to his position by his colleagues on the City Council in 2014, following the election of longtime Mayor Sidney Katz to the Third District of the County Council.  In 2015, he won a special election to serve the remaining two years of Katz’s final term, defeating longtime Council Member Henry F. Marraffa, who passed away in October of 2016, and community activist Darline Bell-Zuccarelli.  As he seeks his first full four-year term as mayor, Ashman is unopposed on the ballot.  Bell-Zuccarelli had originally planned to seek the office again, but scrapped her plans due to health issues.  Despite this, Ashman said he is still actively campaigning.

“We have a great group of candidates and I’m hoping that we get a big turnout of voters,” Ashman said.  “It’s easy to take for granted, but so much of our daily lives is impacted by decisions at the local level, that it’s really worth our time and attention on Election Day.”

More than 110,000 Montgomery County residents cast ballots through the first six days of in-person early voting to lead the state with more votes yet to come.

Through Tuesday, local election officials counted 110,554 ballots, 16.83 percent of registered active voters in the county. Those numbers do not include absentee or provisional ballots.

That made up about 18 percent of the statewide total of 609,520 early votes, meaning 15.63 percent of Maryland’s 3.9 million eligible voters cast ballots through the first six days.

Early voting is due to wrap up statewide Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

The popularity of early voting surprised Montgomery County Board of Elections officials, who had to add extra optical scan machines at some of the 10 locations across the county hosting early voting.

“When the turnout exceeded our expectation, in order to minimize the lines, we got additional equipments down to the various locations to assist with line management,” said Marjorie Roher, a spokesperson with the Board of Elections, later adding, “No one envisioned this kind of turnout for voting.”

A small number of voters received the wrong ballot when they went to cast their vote at some of Montgomery County’s early voting centers, County election officials said Wednesday. 

Since early voting centers are open to all citizens, regardless of the precinct they are registered in, voting staff must identify the correct “ballot style” for each voter when they check into the polls. 

Votes cast for congressional races in the third, sixth and eighth districts could have been affected, but not any other race.

“We have received several complaints of sporadic instances of this occurring,” said Marjorie Roher, a Montgomery County Board of Elections spokesperson. “It certainly is not in any case widespread as far as we know.”

Early voting in Maryland begins today and runs through Nov. 3.

There are 10 locations Montgomery County where people can vote. They will be open each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.