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By C.J. LOVELACE | | November 7, 2012
Party affiliations might no longer have a place in city of Hagerstown elections, according to incomplete and unofficial results Tuesday night. With six of 18 precincts plus early voting reporting, 3,968 of Hagerstown voters casted a “yes” vote to support amending the city's charter to provide for future primary and general elections to be nonpartisan. Against the city's Question A, 1,754 of citizens voted “no” in opposition of nonpartisan city elections. More than at least 462 returned absentee city ballots still need to be counted later this week and next before results go final.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | November 4, 2012
Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the United States picks its next president, residents of Washington County will help decide several federal and local races and ballot questions. They will vote for a U.S. senator for Maryland, a member of Congress for the 6th District and Washington County Board of Education members. They also will vote on seven statewide ballot questions. Residents of the city of Hagerstown will choose the mayor, the city council and whether to hold nonpartisan elections.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | November 3, 2012
Navy Chaplin Washington Johnson of Hagerstown voted early for the first time Friday and said that he understands the importance of voting, having grown up in Birmingham, Ala., a major location of the civil rights movement. “It is an act that I have to participate in, and I take it very serious,” he said. “I wanted to be ahead of the crowd. On Election Day people can stand in line for an hour.” Friday was the last day of early voting in Maryland for the 2012 General Election.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | November 1, 2012
Three candidates for Berkeley County Sheriff will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot and a fourth is running as an official write-in. Republicans James W. Barbour III of Martinsburg, Carlton “Cootsie” DeHaven of Martinsburg and John Orem of Inwood, W.Va., are vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Kenneth “Kenny” Lemaster of Martinsburg in an unusually crowded race. Barbour, 45, defeated Orem, 44, in the May primary election to win the Republican Party's nomination for sheriff, but Orem decided to re-enter the race as an official write-in candidate about two weeks later.
By ART CALLAHAM | October 28, 2012
Less than two weeks before the general election and I bet you can already guess who I'm going to vote for. Wrong! First, let me save The Herald-Mail a little ink by stating the following: “The views and statements expressed in this column are purely the views and statements of Art Callaham and not necessarily the views or statements of The Herald-Mail.” This is not an endorsement; this is how I'm going to vote. Second, let me also take my wife off the hook (Ruth Anne Callaham is a County Commissioner)
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | October 25, 2012
Stephen Sparks of Martinsburg said he made an impromptu decision to vote early in the Nov. 6 general election at the Berkeley County Courthouse annex Thursday afternoon. “I was walking to the library and the door was open,” Sparks said after casting his ballot at the county's early voting location. Among the last to cast ballots Thursday, Ruth Ann Evans of Hedgesville, W.Va., said she voted early for the first time since moving to the county from Virginia, where early voting isn't available.
October 24, 2012
More than 1,400 people cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, according to county election officials. In Berkeley County, 828 people voted, and in Jefferson County, 600 people voted, officials in each county's voter registration office reported shortly after 5 p.m. Early voting at county courthouses and courthouse annexes across West Virginia will continue until 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, according to the...
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | October 22, 2012
Maryland's early-voting period for the Nov. 6 general election starts Saturday. Early-voting centers will be open from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1. In Washington County, early voting will be done at the American Red Cross of Washington County building at 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown. This is the third year of early voting in Maryland and the first time for a presidential election, said Kaye E. Robucci, Washington County's election director. For the April 3 primary, turnout in Maryland was 2.40 percent during the early-voting period.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | October 20, 2012
Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories profiling candidates for the Nov. 6 general election. Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Berkeley County Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Republican incumbent Elaine C. Mauck, 65, of 1000 N. High St. in Martinsburg, is seeking re-election to a six-year term. She was elected to a two-year term in 2010 when the council, formerly known as the Berkeley County Commission, was expanded from three to five elected members.
October 16, 2012
The Washington County Board of Elections is reminding voters that the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the 2012 presidential general election is Tuesday, Oct. 30. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot.  A voter who wants to vote by absentee ballot must submit a written and signed request for an absentee ballot. An application can be printed from the state board of elections website at or may requested by telephone, in writing or in person at the Washington County Board of Elections at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.
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