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Voter turnout light in early balloting in Washington County

September 15, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

Voter turnout in Washington County was low during the early hours of Tuesday's primary election, officials said.

Kaye E. Robucci, acting director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said voting was light before 11 a.m.

Polls opened at 7 a.m., and were to stay open until 8 p.m.

"It's still early," Robucci said. "It's looking like 4- to-5-percent turnout."

Renee Mackey, chief voting judge at the Potomac Towers polling place on West Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, said 38 people had turned out to vote as of 11 a.m.

"I'd say it's a low turnout," Mackey said. "There were no lines, but one person in a wheelchair was waiting outside at 7 a.m.," when the polls opened.

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Mackey and several other polling judges across the county said they believed turnout would pick up during lunch and after 4:30 p.m., when people start getting off work.

Only 20 eligible voters had cast ballots by 10:10 a.m. at the Potomac Valley Fire Hall in Sharpsburg, election official Steve Herson said.

"It's very, very light," he said.

Herson said of the 20 people who voted, nine were Democrats, and 11 were Republicans.

Charlie West, an election judge at the Maranatha Brethren Church at 19835 Scott Hill Drive in Hagerstown, said voting was "light to moderate."

"They come in spurts," he said. "We were light in the first hour, but it's picked up."

West said it has been his experience that voter turnout is lighter during the primaries than for the general election.

The general election is Nov. 2.

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