Primary election turnout slow and steady in Carroll

After record numbers during the weeklong early voting period, turnout was slow and steady Tuesday morning for the primary election.

Polling sites remain open until 8 p.m.

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In addition to statewide offices and local representatives in the General Assembly, the primary will set the stage for general election races for the five-member Board of County Commissioners, three seats on the Board of Education and selection of the county's next sheriff, among other races.

Social studies teacher and Hampstead resident Paul Bangle voted at Hampstead Elementary School and said he was interested in the county commissioners, state delegate and the board of education races.

"I teach about the history of people dying to give us this right, so I want to support the candidates that support us and it is my civic duty," Bangle said.

At North Carroll Middle school, voters lined up at the polls at 7 a.m., according to Chief Election Judge Andrew DeMario. "Voters were coming in steady and going out steady," he said.

"The school board was the main race I supported this year" said Kelly Chiavacci, a resident in Westminster who voted at Cranberry Station Elementary School in the morning. "I think you have to be active in the community, and if you don't vote you can't complain about something if you don't do anything about it."

At Manchester Valley High School, turnout started to pick up as a rush of voters came to cast their ballots around 11:30 a.m.

"The county commissioners and state's attorney's were the big ones who I was in support of voting for," said Manchester resident Judy Miller. "Voting means a difference on whether we will get a good person in office who will help the average person."

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