Troxell said the election judge shortage and social distancing were factors in the board’s decision to consolidate polling places. She said the number of people allowed inside polling places will be limited to allow for social distancing.
Early voting in Carroll County will be held at the Westminster Senior and Community Center and the South Carroll Swim Club. It is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 22 and run through Thursday, Oct, 29, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Carroll County Election Director Katherine Berry, who was not available for comment Wednesday, addressed the election judge shortage in an interview on Friday.
“We have sent a survey out to our election judges. We hire over 600 election judges in a ‘normal’ election. So far, we have heard back from a little over 400 people. Around 130 have quit and we still haven’t heard from over 200 people, so that number could increase,” Berry said via email.