There will be ten polling stations on General Election Day, Nov. 3rd.
Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Board of Elections on Monday approved four locations to be used as early voting centers. Between October 26th through November 3rd, Election Director Stuart Harvey says citizens can cast their ballots in person at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Catoctin High School, the Urbana Regional Library and the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department Activities Center.
He also says there will be ten voting centers set up for General Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. One is at Brunswick Middle School. The others are at “Frederick High School, the Talley Rec Center in Frederick, Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Frederick, Linganore High School, Middletown High School, Oakdale High School, Tuscarora High School, Urbana High School and Walkersville High School,” says Harvey.
If yoiu plan to vote in person during early voting or on election day, Harvey says social distancing will be practiced at the polling centers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “There will be six-foot separation in the lines. There will be fewer voting booths inside these locations. People will be wearing masks. They will be offered hand sanitizer. Our election judges will have masks, gloves and hand sanitizers and they will be behind Plexiglas screens to protect them in the polling places,” he says.
It’s expected there will be enough people to work at the polls as election judges. Harvey says the response has been positive from citizens to the county’s request for election judges “We hope that we have enough election judges that we will actually have a handful of standby judges. So for whatever reason a judge that we have appointed has bowed out at the last minute, we’ll have someone to fill the vacancy. So we’re in pretty good shape right now. We’re delighted in the response from Frederick County voters,” he says
This week, applications for absentee ballots will be heading out in the mail to registered voters in Maryland. “If you’ve already applied for a vote-by-mail ballot, you don’t have to apply again. But if you do get an application and you have not applied for a vote-by-mail ballot, we encourage you to do so you can vote safely in this November’s election,” says Harvey.
After you’ve marked your ballot, it can be sent in by mail. Harvey says they can also placed in drop boxes around the county where they will be picked up by Election Office staff. One is located in front of the Board of Elections office on Montevue Lane. The others will be at Catoctin High School, Thomas Johnson High School, Talley Recreation Center, Middletown Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building, Urbana Regional Library, Oakdale High School and Brunswick Middle School.
By Kevin McManus