About three out of every 10 active voters in Harford County requested a mail-in ballot for the general election, according to data provided by Board of Elections officials this week.
Kimberley Slusar, Harford’s acting election director, said 54,460 voters requested a mail ballot by the Oct. 20 deadline. Of those, 31,422 ballots had already been submitted as of Friday.
More than half of Harford County’s mail ballots were requested by registered Democrats (27,530). Republicans requested 15,756 of the mail ballots and voters not registered with either of the two major parties requested 11,174 of the ballots.
In total, 1.6 million of Maryland’s 4.1 million active registered voters (40.7%) requested mail ballots by Tuesday’s deadline.
Voters sending back mail ballots must do so by Election Day. Ballots can be sent by U.S. Postal Service, but will not be counted if postmarked after Tuesday, Nov. 3. They can also be placed in drop boxes at any of the county’s four early voting centers or the Board of Elections offices in Forest Hill.
Early voting in Maryland scheduled to start on Monday and continue through Nov. 2, the day before Election Day. Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day during that time, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Harford’s early voting centers are located at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, the Edgewood Rec Center, the Aberdeen Activity Center and the Jarrettsville Fire Hall.
On Nov. 3, there will be 18 Election Day voting centers in the county, including the four early voting centers. This is different than in previous years, when the Harford has operated 63 polling places by precinct.
Voters will be able to cast their ballot at any of Harford’s 18 centers, regardless of where in the county they live.
Safety measures like Plexiglass shields, socially distanced lines and frequent cleaning of equipment will be implemented, like they were in June’s primary election.
Harford County has lost more than two dozen judges in the past two weeks who had been exposed to COVID-19 and have to self-quarantine, and Slusar said election officials continue to receive daily calls about judges not being able to work.
However, enough alternative jurors have been trained and can fill in, Slusar said.
Baltimore Sun Media reporters Emily Opilo and Jacob Meyer contributed to this article.
In-person Election Day voting centers
The following 18 locations will serve as Election Day voting centers on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters will be able to cast their ballot at any of the centers, regardless of where in Harford County they live.
Aberdeen Activity Center, 7 Franklin St., Aberdeen
Aberdeen High School, 251 Paradise Road, Aberdeen
Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St., Bel Air
C. Milton Wright High School, 1301 N. Fountain Green Road, Bel Air
Dublin Elementary School, 1527 Whiteford Road, Street
Edgewood High School, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood
Edgewood Recreation Center, 1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood
Fallston High School, 2301 Carrs Mill Road, Fallston
Forest Lakes Elementary School, 100 Osborne Parkway, Forest Hill
Harford Tech High School, 200 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
Havre de Grace High School, Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace
Jarrettsville Fire Hall, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville