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Early turnout light at city polls

March 10, 2009

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By 9:30 this morning, only 65 people had cast ballots at four Hagerstown polling places which together represent nearly 5,000 voters registered to cast ballots in today's mayoral/city council primary election.

o "There's nothing stirring people up this year," said Ed Peters, chief judge at Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave. Peters, who is in his 10th year as an election judge, said only 10 voters had been in since the polls opened at 7 a.m.

There are 984 voters registered to vote at Girls Inc.

o At Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Chief Judge Henry Renner said no one was waiting when he and the other pollworkers arrived before the 7 a.m. opening of the polls.

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"We've had 15 voters through as of 9:30 a.m.," Renner said.

The number of registered voters at Emmanuel is 984.

o "It hasn't been too bad so far," said Lisa Sullivan, chief judge at Bester Elementary School at 30 E. Memorial Blvd.

She said 34 voters had made their choices by 9:30 a.m.

"There were three people waiting when we arrived to open the polls," she said.

The number of registered voters at Bester is 2,235.

o Agnes Jackson is chief judge at Bethel Gardens Community Center, 356 Henry Ave. She and her fellow poll workers weren't very busy at 9:30 a.m.

"There have only been six voters in so far," Jackson said at 9:30 a.m. She has been chief judge for about eight years.

The number of registered voters at Bethel Gardens is 717.

The polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters will be choosing a Republican mayoral candidate and five Democratic city council candidates to advance to the May 19 general election.

-- Marlo Barnhart

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