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Absentee ballot applications due soon for city election

May 10, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown voters have until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to apply for absentee ballots to vote in the city election on May 19.

Kaye Robucci, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said any city resident who is a registered voter will be permitted to cast an absentee ballot.

Ballots that are returned to the Board of Elections by mail must be postmarked no later than May 19, she said. People also will be permitted to vote by absentee ballot at the Board of Elections Office.

Robucci said the absentee ballots will be counted on May 21. Barring any recounts, the election should be certified on the same day, she said.

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People who vote by absentee ballot will be required to mark a box beside their candidates of choice, Robucci said.

Voters will have a chance to choose one mayoral candidate and five city council candidates. A ballot question -- asking voters whether they want to change the dates of city elections -- will appear as well, she said.

The process to vote for write-in candidates will vary between the absentee ballots and the voting booth.

Robucci said people can write a candidate's name on the absentee ballot, but they will have to click on the write-in box on the voting machine, and then type in a candidate's name, she said.

Anyone who is uncertain about using the method at the polls is welcome to visit the Board of Elections Office to practice voting on a simulator, Robucci said. Election officials also will be available to offer assistance at the polling places.

The Board of Elections is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prospective write-in candidates have until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to file at City Hall.

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