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Maryland voters to go to polls for round one

Results will settle competition between Shank and Munson

September 13, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • Murph Edlund, a check-in judge, left, and Kevin Newhouse, the Republican chief judge, right, set up voting stations Monday evening at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center on Virginia Avenue in Halfway.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

It's time for round one as Maryland voters head to polls Tuesday for the primary election in congressional, state and county races.

In Washington County, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., acting election director Kaye E. Robucci said.

The primary will decide what candidates are on the general election ballot Nov. 2 in races for Congress, Maryland governor, the Maryland General Assembly, the Washington County Commissioners and the Washington County Board of Education, among other races.

In one of the most-watched local races, the results will settle the competition between incumbent GOP Sen. Donald F. Munson and rival Republican Christopher B. Shank for the District 2 seat in the state senate. No Democrat filed to run in that race.

The primary also will narrow a field of 12 Republican candidates for Washington County Commissioner, with the top five Republicans joining one Democrat and one Green Party candidate on the general election ballot.

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Regardless of party affiliation, all Washington County voters will have the option to vote for as many as three of the 11 candidates for the school board, which is a nonpartisan race. The top six school board candidates will advance to the general election. There are three seats up for election.

A sample ballot was mailed to registered voters the week of Aug. 23 along with their polling place information and information on early voting, Robucci said.

Election officials are predicting 25 percent to 30 percent of registered voters will turn out for the primary, judging by past figures, but would love to see turnout even higher, she said.

"We go through the same amount of work whether it's one person (who votes) or everyone," Robucci said.

Polling places in Washington County's 51 precincts include schools, churches, community centers and businesses.

Washington County Public Schools will be closed, although the central office will be open.

At polling places, voters will use touch-screen voting systems. Audio ballots, used with headphones and a keypad, are available upon request, the Maryland State Board of Elections website says. Other options include magnified and high-contrast ballots for voters with visual impairments, the website says.

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o Verify your voter registration status and find your polling place at http://www.mdelections.org

o View a sample ballot at http://www.washco-md.net/election/2010%20Ballot%20Styles.htm.

Polls in Maryland are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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