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When Carroll County voters step into polling booths during Tuesday's primary election, only one locally related race will be on the ballot: the 6th Congressional District.

Seven Democratic candidates are vying for their party's nomination for the congressional seat.

Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle is challenging Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in the Republican primary. Bartlett is seeking a seventh term in the heavily Republican district, which includes Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, and parts of Baltimore, Harford and Montgomery counties.

Also on the ballot will be Republican and Democratic candidates for president, U.S. Senate and the delegates to the national conventions.

Of the 93,460 registered voters in Carroll County: 49,150 are Republicans and 32,377 are Democrats. Only registered Democratic and Republican voters can cast ballots in Maryland's primary.

The remaining 11,933 voters are unaffiliated (11,694), registered Green Party voters (158) or other affiliations (81).

"We're hoping for a 40 percent turnout," said Gail Carter, deputy director of the county Board of Elections. "But we don't know. It'll be nice for people to see the new voting system."

During the primary, most jurisdictions in the state will use the 16,000 touch-screen voting machines for the first time. Baltimore City, the only exception, is scheduled to switch to the Diebold AccuVote-TS touch-screen machine in 2006.

In Carroll County, 535 touch-screen voting machines will be spread out among 44 polling places with at least 500 election judges on hand, Carter said.

In the past few weeks, Carroll's elections board has been visiting senior centers and other organizations to educate residents about using the machines.

Registered Democrats and Republicans are expected to receive their sample ballots starting this week, Carter said.

Absent from Tuesday's primary ballot will be candidates for the county Board of Education. With only four candidates for two seats in the nonpartisan race, all four contenders will advance to the general election in November.

After today, voters must apply in person for an absentee ballot at the county's Board of Elections office at 222 N. Center St., Room 105, Westminster. About 500 voters have requested absentee ballot applications, Carter said.

Polls will open 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. For additional information, log on to html.

Democratic candidates for the 6th Congressional District are:

James Daniel Benson of Myersville.

Kenneth T. Bosley of Sparks.

Rodney D. Fox of Frederick.

Richard Nacewicz of Eldersburg.

Robert J. Rhudy of Frederick.

Kevin M. Shaffer of LaVale.

Ty Unglebower of Knoxville.

Republican candidates for the 6th District are:

Roscoe G. Bartlett, the incumbent.

Scott L. Rolle of Frederick.

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