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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 3, 2011
Counties could make early voting more convenient with more polling places, Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, told a Senate committee Thursday. Under state law, counties with fewer than 150,000 registered voters must have one early-voting center. The number rises to three centers for counties with 150,000 to 300,000 registered voters and five centers for counties with more than 300,000 registered voters. Young filed a bill to give counties in the smallest category the option of having up to three early-voting centers.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | September 23, 2010
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp on Thursday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of illegally entering a polling place during a Nov. 7, 2009, special election on a countywide zoning issue. Surkamp, 60, of Larkspur Lane in Shepherdstown, W.Va., was ordered by 23rd Circuit Judge David H. Sanders to pay a $100 fine and court costs. He had faced a maximum sentence of a $500 fine and 30 days in jail. According to the plea agreement, a misdemeanor count of attempting to vote twice in the same election was dropped.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 13, 2010
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.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 18, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- One in four registered voters in Franklin County is expected to visit polling places Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday's primary election in Pennsylvania will allow voters to make choices in several statewide races, along with races for men and women to serve as township supervisors, borough council members and school board representatives. Also, voters in Franklin and Fulton counties will be selecting among four candidates to fill two judge positions for the 39th District of the Court of Common Pleas.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 17, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's primary election on Tuesday will give Franklin and Fulton county voters the opportunity to select not one, but two Court of Common Pleas judge candidates for what is widely considered to be the first time in the 39th District's history. Angela Rosenberry Krom, Shawn Meyers, Eric Weisbrod and Tim Wilmot are all Republicans vying for the two positions. Each cross-filed to appear on Republican and Democratic ballots. The top two vote-getters from the GOP ballots will progress to November's municipal election.
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By DAN DEARTH | March 8, 2009
Polling hours The polls will be open Tuesday in Hagerstown from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown residents will have a chance to determine the city's future for the next four years by turning out for Tuesday's primary election. All five members of the City Council and the mayor are running for re-election. In the GOP mayoral primary, incumbent Robert E. Bruchey II faces political newcomers Jonathan R. Burrs and Ann Holtzman. The winner in that race will square off against Democrat David S. Gysberts in the May 19 general election.
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January 22, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The 2008 election cycle in Franklin County cost about $400,000, some of which will be reimbursed through the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The county spent $194,000 in the first six months of 2008 and $193,000 in the second half for election costs and voter registration, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday. The information is part of a report required to receive federal reimbursements, she said. The county is supposed to receive about $121,000 in reimbursements for maintenance of election equipment, ballot printing, poll worker training and addressing handicapped accessibility issues at polling places, Byers told the board.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 7, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- As he watched absentee ballots counted Thursday, Washington County Board of Education candidate Justin M. Hartings quipped that he was there to make sure his lead stayed intact. At the end of Election Day, Hartings was in fourth place in a race for four school board seats. His lead over fifth-place candidate Jacqueline B. Fischer was 21,120 to 19,074 -- a margin of 2,046 votes. Election officials went through 2,192 of the roughly 4,000 absentee ballots that had been received by Thursday.
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November 5, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Considering her husband waited 2 1/2 hours to vote Tuesday morning at James Rumsey Technical Institute, Karen Martin was pretty happy with where she was standing outside the school about 90 minutes before the polls closed. Martin said her husband, Leon, was off work for the day so his extended wait at Precinct 39, beginning at 8:30 a.m., didn't pose a problem. The couple voted at different times because of her in-home day care business and "somebody had to stay with the kids," said Martin, whose daughter came with her to the polls.
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By ERIN JULIUS | November 4, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Election officials have prepared for a higher-than-usual voter turnout today. Dorothy Kaetzel, Washington County's election director, said she expects about 80 percent of the county's 85,184 registered voters to cast votes this year. In 2004, during the last presidential election, 58,086 of the 77,309 registered voters turned out to vote, for a turnout of 75.13 percent, she said. Kaetzel asked that voters be patient if they have to stand in line, and recommended voting between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when polling places would be the least busy.
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