Early Voting Jumps Nearly 140 Percent In Baltimore County Between Primary and General

… 31,219 people cast ballots over six days at county’s five polling stations …

By Steve Schuster
sschuster@patuxent.com

Posted 10/31/10

Well over twice as many people took advantage of early voting for this week’s general election in Baltimore County compared to early voters in the September primary.

The six-day early voting period for the general election saw 31,219 votes cast at the five polling stations in Baltimore County, according to results released this week by the county’s Board of Elections.

That’s a 139 percent increase over the 13,032 votes cast over six early voting days in the primary.

In advance of the Nov. 2 general election, polls were open for early voting Oct. 22-28, excluding Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

The five early voting sites in the county were Towson University, the Bloomsbury Community Center in Catonsville, the Randallstown Community Center, the Honeygo Community Center and North Point Library.

Of those, more people flocked to Randallstown than any other early voting site. That polling place saw 8,645 voters over the six days, accounting for more than one-quarter of all early votes cast in Baltimore County.

The pace of early voting started off strong on the first day, and essentially built every day, with the exception of a slight falloff on Saturday, Oct. 23.

“I am amazed at the turnout. What a big difference from the primary … more people showed up (to vote) in the first two hours today than in the entire primary election,” said Sonia Austin, Democratic chief judge of elections at the Towson polling station, on Oct. 22.

The busiest single day of the early voting period was the final day, Oct. 28, when 7,067 votes were cast.

Across all of Maryland, early voting for the general election drew about 219,000 voters, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The general election takes place this Tuesday, Nov. 2.

— Steve Schuster and Jim Joyner

Towson Times

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