Carroll County saw the highest voter turnout in a gubernatorial election in more than a decade, certified election results show.

Carroll had 62.6 percent of eligible, active voters cast ballots during the 2018 midterms, which is higher than both the 2014 election, which saw 64,764 people (57.34 percent) vote. In 2010, 64,103 (60.93 percent) came out.


“We had a pretty good turnout,” Katherine Berry, Carroll County’s election director, said. “This was not as good as the 2006 gubernatorial general election, but it was certainly better than 2014.”

The 2006 gubernatorial election saw 63.51 percent.

Berry said Carroll’s turnout follows trends throughout the state, where the gubernatorial race brought out more people voters than in previous years. The certified results — which include absentee ballots and provisional ballots — also confirm that voting wasn’t just spread out among early voting.

Early voting did see a large spike this year — numbers for this year’s early voting rivaled the 2016 presidential election. Berry said having a second polling place in the southern end of the county certainly helped, and that they’re looking into more early voting options in years to come.

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“In the future we are planning for a third center,” she added.

And while total results don’t show that people voted at the same level as the 2016 or 2012 presidential elections — in 2012, 79.62 percent of Carroll voters turned out; in 2016, the number was 77.65 — the uptick does show voting was up, at least compared to previous gubernatorial elections.

“Overall the turnout was higher,” Berry said.

Although the election was just over three weeks ago, Berry said the work to finish counting and finalizing votes just finished.

On election night, she said, the votes are tallied and then release statewide once all voters have gone through.

But then, she said, the election offices prepare for absentee ballot canvassing, the first of which happened on Nov. 8. Berry said the absentee ballots are gone through and submitted.

From there, she said, they move on to going through provisional ballots. Berry said they look through all of the applications to determine eligibility of the voter.

For example, she said, a person may have requested an absentee ballot, but then decided to vote in person. Because they requested that absentee ballot though, she said, when the person shows up to vote at a polling place records will show they requested the other ballot, so they have to vote provisionally. If it is later determined that the person did not actually vote with the absentee ballot, Berry said, then their vote is counted.

“We’re just basically checking that the voter did not vote twice,” she said, later adding, “It is a very time-consuming and tedious process.”

Once all canvassing is done, Berry said, they are certified locally and sent to the state for certification as well.


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