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Editorial: Early voting makes casting a ballot easy

Depending on your political leanings, there are those who would prefer that you don't vote.

They would prefer you skip the polls if your vote would be counter to their interests or their candidate.

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Even if their candidate is likely to win, they would prefer you abstain so a wider margin of victory will enlarge their comfort zone.

They would prefer the election not be an opportunity for people of your political stripe to hold them accountable.

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Don't let them have their way. Confound them and vote.

You don't even have to wait until Election Day.

The first day of early voting in Baltimore County was Saturday, March 24.

The county's five early voting centers were also open on March 25, the first time early voting was available on a Sunday.

Reports from the polls indicated a steady turnout, despite the wet weather on Saturday and Sunday's sunshine that may have tempted many to work around the house.

While early voting is free, it doesn't come cheap. Election judges are paid an average of $162.50 per day, and there are about 13 judges at each of the five polling centers for early voting in the county. There are also training sessions for the early voting session that also have to be paid for.

Primary election voters will get further early-voting chances Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days.

So, residents who don't think they will be free from work or home commitments next Tuesday should take advantage. Any county resident can cast an early ballot at any of the five polling places in the county.

Those who prefer to vote on primary election day can do so April 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/baltimorecounty/news/politics/ph-exbal-2012-primary-voters-guide-story.

This election season, early voting will provide plenty of opportunities to help a candidate whose interests you share get elected.

At the very least, your vote can intrude on the comfort zone of those whose interests you do not share and let them know you are paying attention.

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