9:07 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
In the final two weeks before the Oct. 16 deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election, nearly 1,200 people were added to voter rolls in Washington County, according to county Board of Election figures.
The final tally was 87,294 registered voters, including 38,549 Republicans, 31,749 Democrats, 16,149 unaffiliated voters, 322 Libertarians, 236 Green Party members, 282 voters who fall into the category of “other,” and seven people registered to a new party, Americans Elect, Election Director Kaye Robucci said this week.
Prior to the 2008 election, approximately 84,900 county residents were registered to vote, Robucci said before the deadline.
Early voting begins Saturday at the American Red Cross of Washington County, 1131 Conrad Court. It continues through Thursday, Nov. 1.
Early voting will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The hours will change to noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, then return to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 30. Absentee ballots have to be returned to the Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on election day, or postmarked on or before election day.
Absentee ballot applications can be obtained online at www.elections.state.md.us/voting/absentee.html.
The polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
— Don Aines
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