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MoCo's Absentees Swell to 50,000 and Counting

Election Day minus 1, but Montgomery County voters already have turned out in large numbers this year, requesting a record high 55,804absentee ballots.

Among those are 14,000 voters who already showed up to vote in person at the board of elections, casting paper "early absentee" ballots, said board president Samuel Statland.

He said that at Leisure World, the Silver Spring retirement community known for being the largest, and one of the most active, precincts in Maryland, 20 percent of the registered voters requested absentee ballots. That's a pattern being repeated at other senior communities Statland said.

Since Thursday, 4,200 voters have appeared at the board of elections on Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville to cast absentee ballots, he said.

As for tomorrow, Statland said record turnout is possible. "We have all kinds of procedures in place to mitigate lines" including having people assigned to pass out sample ballots to those waiting in line, he said.

Sample ballots already have been sent via mail.

By Miranda Spivack  |  November 3, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections , Miranda Spivack , Montgomery County  
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