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More than a third of Frederick County’s registered voters have requested mail-in ballots, as early voting starts at four places Monday

More than a third of Frederick County’s registered voters have requested mail-in ballots, as early voting starts at four places Monday.

Two of those locations—Catoctin High School and Gov. Thomas Johnson High School—are different from typical early voting sites. The county’s Board of Elections approved those new locations in August, due to space restrictions at the Thurmont Regional Library, and because Frederick Senior Center is being used for senior meal delivery and other needs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to state election data, there are 186,356 registered voters in Frederick County, as of Oct. 17. Of those, 68,794 voters requested a mail-in ballot, and 37,625 have been returned to the Frederick County Board of Elections as of Oct. 23.

Along with the aforementioned sites, Middletown Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building and Urbana Regional Library will also serve as early voting centers, from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Social distancing will be enforced at all sites, and face coverings are encouraged. Election Director Stuart Harvey has previously stated if voters do not want to wear face coverings, they will either be able to vote outdoors, or in an isolated area inside the voting center.

He said in an email Friday that 21 election judges/workers would be staffed at each of the four early voting locations. Line managers will help if any of considerable length start to form, Harvey added.

A provisional ballot will be issued to voters who have already requested a mail-in ballot, but want to vote in person. That will be shown in the pollbook when that voter arrives at a voting center, Harvey said.

“The person must fill out an application, and they are then issued a ballot, which is returned to our office by election staff every night,” Harvey wrote in an email. “They are not cast at the polls. After reviewing the ballot, if we do not receive the person’s mail-in ballot, it is counted. That counting of these ballots does not occur, by law, until Nov. 12.”

In the 2016 presidential general election, 126,812 Frederick County residents cast a ballot out of 164,464 registered voters—a 77.1% voter turnout.

Harvey predicted a turnout of 85% for this election.

“This is the highest interest in an election I have seen since 1992. It is possible the county could see record turnout,” Harvey wrote in an email.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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vodalone

How are masked just encouraged in an indoor voting location?

Should be no mask = no vote.

Dwasserba

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WalkTheTown

Legally, a voter can not be rejected for not wearing a mask. They will have a special area to vote. That doesn't mean that everyone else standing in line won't be able to express their view on non-mask-wearers.

vodalone

Exactly, they non mask wearers are in line in close proximity to others.

No mask = no in person vote. Do it by mail.

bosco

Should also be no ID = no vote.

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C.D.Reid

YES!!! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Reader1954

and Biden's bunch is talking about doing everything Trump is already doing. I guess plagerism is his habit

C.D.Reid

It may as well be considering how much he does it.

bosco

Even his 110 page plan for a Socialist America that's posted on his website came from AOC and Bernie. When I was in school, copycats were candidates for a swirley.

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Greg F

And there’s binky spouting more McCarthyism in queue, forgetting AOC is not running for President and has little power anyway.

Greg F

And Biden beat the Democratic Socialist also...which is not even a true socialist. Gaslighting Binky...got his early start on Monday.

bosco

And, neither are the Trump kids running either, but that never slows you down criticizing them, does it?

Here's a link to Bidenz "plan" that was developed by AOC and Bernie. Notice the source - joebiden.com. If the link doesn't work for you - get a map and google it.

https://joebiden.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/UNITY-TASK-FORCE-RECOMMENDATIONS.pdf

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Greg F

Hardly...and who’s FLOTUS plagiarized Michelle Obama? The hooker one of Trumps.

Greg F

The past month, Trump insisted we were rounding the corner beautifully. Now, He was a superspreader, and how the Pence staff is too, and the WH chief of staff admits there is no controlling the virus. We do not need four more years of total lies and disasterous lack of plans. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/26/politics/election-2020-donald-trump-joe-biden-pandemic/index.html

C.D.Reid

You sit behind your computer and criticize and ridicule people for reading and quoting Fox News, and then you turn right around and quote from the Comedy News Network. That's rich!!! [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] Man, my sides are splitting!!!

Greg F

How many CNN reporters are bailouts from Fox? A lot. Does Fox News ever fact check? Never. The statement is a fact dipwad, who reported it is irrelevant.

bosco

For someone who said they never watch Fox, Doctor Fed Up GregF, you seem to know a lot about their programming.

Here's a link to the Bernie-Biden manifesto developed by AOC and Bernie - all 100 pages. It's right off of Bidenz website.

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C.D.Reid

And, Doctor Fed Up GregF, why is it the ratings for CNN have plummeted the last few years while the ratings for Fox have sky rocketed?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/cnns-ratings-drop-again-after-three-year-low-last-month

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2013/02/27/cnn-ratings-drop

https://wholesale.lhfs.com/logs/journal/article.php?5ea625=cnn-ratings-down

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2020-08-19/tv-ratings-aug-10-16-week-2020

How ya gonna spin this one, Doc?

bosco

Tough to spin those numbers. [lol][ninja]

C.D.Reid

Looks like he's still trying to figure out how to spin those numbers favorably to his argument, bosco. That should keep him busy for a few weeks/months.

bosco

Maybe he's busy reading the Bernie-Biden socialist manifesto that the Dims keep trying to deny. It's tough to run when you are also back-pedaling while wearing flip flops.

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