Early voting is strong in Dorchester County

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan There has been a strong response to early voting in Dorchester County.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
There has been a strong response to early voting in Dorchester County.

CAMBRIDGE – It’s hard to say if the contentiousness of national politics is the cause, but early voting turnout locally has been strong. The Dorchester County Office Building at 501 Court Lane in Cambridge is the only polling place for early voters.

“It’s a good turnout. It’s almost as much as during our presidential elections,” Board of Elections Director Gwendolyn Dales said Friday. “We had 623 on Day 1, which is good for us.”

Early voting began on Thursday and will continue in the building’s lobby through Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Statewide, more than 88,000 Marylanders voted last Thursday alone. “So far today, as of noon, we’ve had 222,” Ms. Dale said, adding that about 34,000 citizens had cast their ballots across the state by that time.”

Traffic in the lobby of the building was steady, but there were plenty of volunteers and no waiting. A voter could complete his or her civic duty in about five minutes.
Ms. Dales said early voting began in 2010, making this the fifth time the option has been available. When like elections are compared — presidential to presidential, for instance, or general to general — she said participation has been increasing.

Election Day will be Nov. 6. The local Election Office is in Room 105 of the County Office Building. For more information, call the office at 410-228-2560.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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