Carroll County voters can begin casting early ballots this week for the July 19 primary election.
Early voting begins Thursday and continues through July 14. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave., in Westminster; the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg; and the North Carroll Senior Center, 2328 Hanover Pike in Hampstead.
Katherine Berry, election director with the Carroll County Board of Elections, said Tuesday that
election judges are needed for early voting and for the day of the primary election. Berry said 385 judges have signed up so far, but another 100 are needed.
“People continue to quit as fast as we can hire them,” Berry stated in a news release. “Election judges are critical to the success of in-person voting.”
Election judges must be registered voters. Teens who are 16 or 17 and are not yet eligible to vote may be able to serve as an election judge by showing the local board of elections that they are qualified and a parent or guardian gives permission.
Judges receive paid training before the election and an election judge can earn between $180 and $320 in Carroll County, depending on their responsibilities.
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About 13,000 voters had requested mail-in ballots as of Tuesday, Berry said. Any registered voter in Maryland may vote by mail-in ballot for any reason. If residents requested and received a mail-in ballot and then decide they want to vote in person on Election Day they must vote using a provisional ballot, Berry said. Provisional ballots will be counted and confirmed on July 29.
Carroll’s elections board has received 3,000 mail-in ballots so far. Berry said 2,200 have been delivered through the U.S. Postal Service and the rest have come through drop boxes or in-person office visits.
Berry did not have data on how many ballots received so far were from Democrats, Republicans or unaffiliated voters.
Berry said she wanted to assure voters that the six ballot drop boxes located around the county are under security surveillance at all times, and that there are strict procedures in place to assure that the ballots are securely returned to the Board of Elections.
Voter registration for the primary election is over; about 116,000 Carroll County voters should have received a sample ballot in the mail already, according to a news release from the Board of Elections. More sample ballots will be mailed this week.
Carroll County voters with questions about the process can contact the board at 410-386-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can track their own voting information at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/votersearch.