La Plata, Waldorf, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick, MD –Election officials in Southern Maryland report a heavier than anticipated turnout for the first day of Early Voting on Thursday. Calvert had 749, Charles 748 and St. Mary’s 566 voters at the four polling places.

The voter turnout in Charles County at two locations in Waldorf and La Plata was encouraging for a jurisdiction which only saw 22 percent of registered voters exercise their right in the primary.

The Charles County Board of Elections in La Plata indicates that 748 citizens voted on the first day of early voting, Thursday, Oct. 23.
Democrats responded with 507 votes cast on the first day to 172 Republicans and 76 unaffiliated.

Turnout in La Plata was much stronger with almost 600 of the voting total voting at the Board of Elections. Another site on Billingsley Road was not marked well and signs have been posted as of Friday, Oct. 24 to let voters know the location of the site.

Of the 64,937 active registered voter in St. Mary’s, 284 Democrats, 230 Republicans and 52 “others” voted at the polling place at the government center in Leonardtown. Republicans and Democrats are in a virtual tie with registered voters with

Republicans having an 800-voter edge. There are 12,917 Independents in St. Mary’s.
Calvert has more than 60,000 registered voters, of which 749 turned out to the one polling place at the election office on Duke Street in Prince Frederick.

The Early Voting polling places are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through Thursday, October 30th. General Election day is Tuesday, November 4.

To present the voters of Southern Maryland the opportunity to make the most informed choice this election, we’ve conducted a series of interviews with all local candidates who would agree to sit with us.

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