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City primary draws 11 percent

March 10, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- About 11 percent of Hagerstown's registered voters turned out to cast a ballot Tuesday during the city's primary election, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.

Only 879 of the city's 7,065 registered Republicans and 1,001 of the city's 9,749 registered Democrats turned out to vote, the Elections Board said. About 15 percent voted during the city's last primary election in 2005.

A low voter turnout wasn't the only problem Washington County election officials reported during Tuesday's primary.

Dorothy Kaetzel, director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said some people had trouble finding the correct entrance to their polling places because direction signs weren't posted properly.

At North Hagerstown High School, for instance, some voters didn't know they had to enter at the rear of the building to cast a ballot, Kaetzel said. Election officials rearranged signs at the school around noon to remedy the problem.

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Another issue occurred when mayoral candidate Ann Holtzman, a political newcomer, briefly campaigned within 100 feet of a polling place, Kaetzel said. Holtzman immediately stopped after being informed that she was violating campaign laws.

Kaetzel said new candidates typically commit errors during their first run for office.

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