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Ballots include national, local races

November 03, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Polls will open locally at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and Washington County residents will be able to cast their ballots in several local and national races.

Voters in Tuesday's general election will pick a president and vice president of the United States, and choose among three candidates vying for the 6th District Congressional seat, which comprises all of Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, as well as portions of Montgomery, Baltimore and Harford counties.

Eight candidates also are running for four open seats on the Washington County Board of Education.

Polls will be open locally from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, a message on the Washington County Board of Elections Web site suggests voting between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to avoid delays.

Candidates running for president from the two major parties are GOP nominee John McCain and his Democratic challenger, Barack Obama.

There are also four other candidates on the ballot: Cynthia McKinney, Green party; Bob Barr, Libertarian; Ralph Nader, Independent; and Chuck Baldwin, Constitution.

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The three candidates running for the 6th District Congressional seat are Democrat Jennifer P. Dougherty, Republican incumbent Roscoe Bartlett and Libertarian candidate Gary W. Hoover Sr.

The local Board of Education race is nonpartisan. Candidates include Donna Brightman, Jacqueline B. Fischer, W. Edward Forrest, Meredith Fouche, Justin M. Hartings, Margie Lowery, Wayne D. Ridenour and Russell F. Williams II.

Voters also will be asked whether they would like Court of Special Appeals judges Deborah Eyler and Robert A. Zarnoch to continue in their roles.

Two referendums are on the ballot. The first asks people to vote for or against early voting, which would allow voting within two weeks of an election. The other ballot initiative asks whether voters support authorizing the addition of 15,000 slot machines at five locations in Maryland.

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