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After more than a year of campaigning by candidates seeking office, the first Marylanders will cast their ballots Thursday, Oct. 27.

Early voting opens across the state at 8 a.m.

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The county's early voting center, the Westminster Senior and Community Center, at 125 Stoner Ave., will be open every day, including weekends, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 3.

In a county that usually has high voter turnout in presidential election years, Carroll County Board of Elections Director Katherine Berry said she expects the 2016 election to be no different.

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Historically, Berry said, Carroll County's voter turnout is about 80 percent for presidential elections. Since 2010, when the state rolled out early voting, the number of people who vote before Election Day has risen, but overall voter turnout in the county is expected to remain steady.

"It's just [that] now it's more spaced out than just Election Day," Berry said.

Residents who have not yet registered to vote may do so during early voting by bringing proof of address to the county's early voting center.

heather.norris@carrollcountytimes.com

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