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Voters will have their say today

November 07, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Campaigning, questionnaires, advertisements - many months of politicking will come to a head today when voters will speak up.

It is Election Day.

In Washington County, voters will pick the next set of five Washington County Commissioners and three members of the Washington County Board of Education.

They will pick a state's attorney, a sheriff, a register of wills, a clerk of circuit court and three orphans' court judges.

Two state senate seats and three state delegate seats that represent Washington County will be up for grabs.

Voters will help pick state leaders - a governor, an attorney general and a comptroller - as well as a representative in Congress and a U.S. senator.

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Candidates in some Washington County and state races are unopposed, including two delegates, one senator, a circuit judge and the county's treasurer.

In all races, though, voters may "write in" candidates, as it were, by following directions on touch-screen machines.

Finally, voters will be asked to answer four ballot questions.

Three are proposed constitutional amendments - the disposition of public land, court appeals and civil jury trials. One is a referendum on election law revisions.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Washington County Board of Elections mailed sample ballots to voters, along with where they can vote.

Voters who have questions may call the board of elections at 240-313-2050.

Board of elections records from Oct. 6 show that Washington County has 79,496 registered voters, including 36,473 Republicans and 30,418 Democrats. Another 11,354 voters are not affiliated with a political party.

As of Friday, the board of elections had issued more than 4,000 absentee ballots, Washington County Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said. More than 2,000 had been returned.

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