That's nearly 10% of registered voters.
A number of Frederick County citizens decided to cast their ballots early. Election Director Stuart Harvey says almost 10% of citizens took part in early voting last week, which is more than double the number from 2010. He says that translates into 13,862 voters, 6,696 Democrats and 4,782 Republicans.
"We're a little more than double what we were two years ago," he says. "That's to be expected first off, because it's a presidential election, and secondly, people are getting use to early voting in Maryland, and also hearing about it in other states," says Harvey.
These numbers come despite Hurricane Sandy, which closed down the early voting site at the Frederick Senior Center on Taney Avenue. The Center was open on Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 27th and 28th. But closed on Monday and Tuesday, October, 29th and 30th due to the storm. It reopened on Wednesday, October 31st, and continued through Thursday, and Friday, November 1st and 2nd with longer hours. "It made for extremely long days. It was like having three election days in a row because each day was 13-hours long," Harvey says.
Tuesday, November 6th is election day across the country. The polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM in Frederick County. The results are expected to begin trickling in after the polls close.
Harvey expects a good turnout. "The last two presidential elections, our voter turnout was 80% or higher," he says. "I would expect to see those kind of numbers."