More than 70,000 Harford voters have cast ballots already, either early or by mail
By Aegis staff
Oct 29, 2020 at 3:01 PM
More than 70,000 Harford County voters have already cast ballots in the general election, according to data from the state and local boards of elections through Wednesday.
That number represents more than half of the 134,344 Harford countians who voted in the 2016 presidential election.
The ballot includes the race between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, congressional seats and two questions asking voters statewide about amending Maryland’s constitution. It’s the first time early voting has been offered in 2020 and during the coronavirus pandemic. Election officials opted against allowing voters to cast ballots early during the June primary.
Over 10,000 Harford residents have voted each day during the first three days of the early voting period, which began Monday; a total of 31,895 ballots have been cast locally in early voting as of Wednesday.
The county’s four early voting centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day through Monday, Nov. 2, including this weekend. There are located at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, the Edgewood Rec Center, the Aberdeen Activity Center and the Jarrettsville Fire Hall.
Harford has also received nearly 39,000 ballots via the mail or drop boxes located at each of the four early voting centers and the Board of Elections Offices in Forest Hill, according to Kimberely Slusar, the county’s acting election director.
Of those, about 20,000 have already been canvassed, Slusar said. The remaining ballots will be counted after Election Day.
More than 54,500 of Harford County’s nearly 186,000 active registered voters requested a mail-in ballot for the general election, Slusar said. While the deadline to request a ballot delivered by mail has passed, ballots can still be picked up at the local election board’s office or get a link via email to a printable ballot.
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.
On Tuesday, the county will open 14 more Election Day voting centers in addition to the four early voting centers. This is different from in previous years, when the Harford has operated 63 polling places by precinct. The change was precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and statewide concerns about not being able to have enough judges to man the usual number of polling places.
Voters will be able to cast their ballot at any of Harford’s 18 centers on Election Day, regardless of where in the county they live.