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Early voting in Maryland primary starts July 7

Registered voters in Maryland can cast early ballots in the state’s gubernatorial primary election starting this Thursday, July 7.

Early in-person voting takes place through July 14 at each county’ s early voting center. Those centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Washington County has two Early Voting centers – both in Hagerstown. The first is Washington County’ s Election Center at 17718 Virginia Avenue and the other is the Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac Street.

Allegany County’ s early voting center is at the Allegany County Office Complex, located at 701 Kelly Road, Room 100, in Cumberland.

Any person registered to vote can vote during this early voting period.

Registered voters have always been able to vote during early voting, but now individuals who are eligible but not yet registered can register and vote.

To register and vote during early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and

bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MV A-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. You will be able to register to vote and vote at that center.

Casting ballots during early voting is the same as voting on election day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote and vote your ballot.

There will be instructions available at the early voting centers to familiarize voters with the ballot. Voters may ask an election judge to explain how to vote, but must cast their vote alone, unless they are unable to do so because of a disability or an inability to read or write the English language.

At the end of each day of early voting, all voting equipment and other election supplies will be secured at the early voting center.

The local boards of elections are required to file a security plan for each early voting center, and the plans will include information on how the equipment and supplies will be secured at the center. Voted provisional ballots will be returned to the local board of elections each night of early voting. After voting hours on the last day of early voting, all equipment and supplies will be returned to the local board of elections and securely stored until election day.

Maryland’s gubernatorial primary will take place on Tuesday, July 19. On primary election day, voters will be able to cast ballots at their local polling place through-out the day.

This primary’s ballot includes candidates for Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, U.S. Senator, congressional representatives, races for State Senator, House of Delegates, Judge of the Circuit Court, Washington County Board of Commissioners, Treasurer, State’s Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Register of Wills, Judge of the Orphan’s Court, Sheriff and Board of Education.