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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 25, 2010
Maryland will have early voting before an election for the first time this year. Early voting is a period before an election day when people can vote. In Maryland, it will be every day from Sept. 3 to 9 (including Labor Day), minus Sept. 5. The primary will be Sept. 14. Washington County will have one early-voting site: the PNC Bank Building, 128 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Voting will be the same as it would be on Election Day. Using a touchscreen system, voters can make their picks, review them and change them before they cast their ballots.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 20, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Turnout in the Eastern Panhandle for the special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Robert C. Byrd could be high, based on the number of ballots cast Friday on the first day of early voting. The number of ballots cast in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties easily surpassed the first day early-voting tallies for the primary election this year, voting officials reported. By 4:45 p.m., 160 ballots were cast in Berkeley County, 100 more than on April 21, according to Deputy County Clerk Bonnie Woodfall.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 23, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A registered member of the Democratic Party was given a Republican primary election ballot on the first day of early voting, apparently by mistake, Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. said Friday. "We're still looking into it," Small said Friday. Small said his office contacted Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely about the situation and also has been in communication with West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office.
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April 22, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- More than 125 Berkeley and Jefferson county residents voted early Wednesday, the first of 15 days that voters may cast ballots before the May 11 primary election. As of 4:45 p.m., 88 ballots had been cast at the Berkeley County Voters Registration office at 110 W. King St. in Martinsburg, according to County Clerk John W. Small Jr. Jennifer Maghan, Small's counterpart in Jefferson County, said 41 people had voted at the courthouse in Charles Town. Maghan said rainy weather might have affected the turnout.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 19, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Tuesday is the last day for West Virginia residents to register to vote or change their political party affiliation before the May 11 primary election. Berkeley County's voter registration office at 110 W. King St. in Martinsburg is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As of April 9, Berkeley County had 60,549 registered voters, including 22,401 Republicans, 22,245 Democrats, 135 Mountain Party members and 223 members of other parties. There were 15,545 people who were not affiliated with a political party, according to Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 2, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The last day to register to vote or to make any registration changes for the upcoming primary election is April 20, according to an announcement this week from Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office. As of March 22, there were more than 60,000 Berkeley County residents registered to vote -- 22,363 Republicans, 22,231 Democrats and 15,462 unaffiliated registered voters, according to a report generated by Small's office. Early and absentee voting begins April 21 at the Berkeley County voter registration office at 110 W. King St. and continues through May 8, according to Small's office.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 3, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- More than 10 percent of Jefferson County registered voters took advantage of early voting for Saturday's referendum that will decide if table games should be added at Charles Town Races & Slots. As of Wednesday, the day early voting closed, 3,578 voters had gone to the polls at the Jefferson County Courthouse, said Nikki Painter, a deputy clerk in the County Clerk's Office. The courthouse was the only polling place for early voting. Charles Town Races & Slots officials said the number of residents who voted early in the 2007 table games referendum, which defeated the games 56 percent to 44 percent, was about 1,200.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 7, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Early voting is under way in the Sept. 26 special election for Berkeley County Schools' $51.5 million taxpayer-financed school construction proposal. Voters can cast early ballots through Sept. 23 in the Berkeley County Voters Registration office at 110 W. King St., in Martinsburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No voting will take place on Sundays. On-street parking spaces in the 100 block of West King Street have been made available for early voting. Deputy Clerk Bonnie Woodfall said 48 ballots were cast on Friday, the first day of voting.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 9, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. told county commissioners Thursday he was "strictly opposed" to opening satellite locations for early voting for elections, primarily because of the extra security, equipment and staffing needed to make it viable. "It's going to cost the county a whole lot of money to even set up one outside location," Small said. State lawmakers this year passed legislation that allows counties to provide additional locations for early voting, in addition to the County Clerk's office.
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April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Legislation to create early voting in Maryland cleared the General Assembly late Monday night, and Gov. Martin O'Malley has indicated he will sign the bill. For 2010, early voting will be allowed for six days, beginning on the second Friday through Thursday before the election, but not on the Sunday that falls between them. An early voting site to be chosen six months before the primary election. The bill also authorizes a local board to establish an early voting site at a shopping mall.
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