WASHINGTON COUNTY - Maryland's primary election is today.
In Washington County, 50 precincts in 49 locations will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
About 79,000 Washington County residents are "active registered voters," meaning the Board of Elections has verified that the voter's correct address is on file, according to Dorothy Kaetzel, the Board of Election's election director.
Kaetzel said that about 75 percent of Washington County's eligible voters are registered.
In the last primary election, in 2002, less than 24 percent of Washington County's registered voters turned out, Kaetzel said.
The Board of Elections expects about the same turnout this year, she said.
Republicans are hoping for a higher-than-average turnout from their party due to "interesting contested races," said Paula Lampton, chairwoman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee.
Lampton said she would like to see a 40 percent turnout among Republicans, although in the past, 20 percent to 30 percent have voted in primary elections, she said.