It's being held for six days at the Senior Center.
Early voting is still new to Maryland. The state began offering it in 2010, so it's a bit too early to judge its effectiveness. Stuart Harvey, Frederick County's Election Director said voters approved a Constitutional amendment in 2008, which created early voting, but he said it's up to the General Assembly to implement how it works. "So come January the Generally Assembly will have to rewrite the legislation for early voting and they're going to base it on the experiences from 2010 and 2012 around the state," said Harvey.
Early voting will be held in Frederick County, at the Senior Center, on Taney Avenue, October 27th through November 1st, from 10:00am, until 8 p.m., on each day, except for Sunday, October 28th, when it will be from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. "It's always been held at the Department of Aging and it's a lot of free parking," continued Harvey.
Early voting is no magic bullet, but it has the potential to entice inactive voters to the polls. "In 2010 I think we had somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 percent of our registered voters who came out early," Harvey said. "What we're hoping for is that we will get somewhere between 10% and 15% of all of the registered voters to come and cast early, which will certainly relieve some of the pressure at the polls on November 6th."
Traditionally, during the Presidential Election is when the largest turnout occurs. "During the last two Presidential Elections in Frederick County, voter turnout was over 80%."
Voting will be held in Montgomery, Carroll & Washington Counties, October 27th-November 1st, from 10am-8pm each day, except Sunday, October 28th, when it's 12 noon til 6 p.m. In Jefferson County, West Virginia, early voting will be October 24th through November 3rd from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and it will be closed on Sunday, October 28th.