Hurricane Gets Early Voters Out in Droves; Cancels Voting for Monday

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It seems that the impending storm and the large number of ballot questions brought many people out to vote early over the weekend as long lines were reported at early voting sites in many areas across the state. As reported by the Washington Post:

“We always thought we would be busy. Just didn’t think we would be this busy,” said Paul Aumayr, voting systems director for the Maryland Board of Elections. “Nowhere is quiet.”

Donna J. Duncan, a director of elections for the state, said it appeared that many residents wanted to vote before the storm.

State and county election officials have also been conferring with emergency management personnel and the Governor’s Office to determine if any changes may need to be made to the voting process.  As reported by the Capital-Gazette:

The governor’s office said on Friday that the law holds that if there is a state of emergency — which there already is for Sandy — then elections can be postponed, alternate sites can be set up or alternate voting systems can be used. But the state has not yet announced any modifications to early voting.

Joe Torre, Anne Arundel’s election director, said county and state elections officials have been conferring with emergency officials and the governor’s office. Any decisions on whether to make changes will come from the state, he said.

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, early voting has been canceled for Monday, October 29.   The Governor will make a decision regarding Tuesday early voting sometime today.  Early voting sites will be open at least one extra day due to the Monday cancellation.

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