Updated: AAC Early voting "extremely heavy" but going smoothly
Update: As of late afternoon Wednesday, October 29, voter turnout in Anne Arundel County was reported as extremely heavy by one county official: "Turnout has been extremely heavy compared to any previous election," David Garreis ,deputy director pf Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, wrote in an email Wednesday. "We have received 109,663 mail-in ballots as of today (October 28) and 43,469 people have voted early." Residents can vote through Tuesday, November 3. According to the Maryland State Attorney General's website same-day voter registration is available to residents under certain conditions: "Maryland also has same-day voter registration during early voting and on election day for the presidential general election (November 3). You can register to vote on election day by bringing a document showing proof of residency with you to vote. You can register to vote or change an existing voter registration during early voting October 26 through November 2 from 7 am to 8pm, by going to an early voting center in the county where you live and bringing a document showing proof of residency. You can give proof of residency by showing the election judge a Maryland driver's license or identification card with your current address or, if you don't have these documents or they don't show your current address, you can show the election judge a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other official document with your name and new address. If the election judge determines that you are a resident of the county and qualified to register, you will be given a voter authority card to sign, and then issued a regular ballot."-- Maryland State Attorney General Website As of 3:28 p.m. today, Wednesday, October 28, 118 early voters were waiting in line at Anne Arundel High School to cast their ballots in the 2020 Presidential Election. County officials have reported the election has been proceeding without major issues so far. Seven early voting centers were busy Wednesday afternoon with between 118 and 35 voters waiting in line during the hour of 3.pm.They were waiting between 15 and 30 minutes to cast their votes depending on the location. In-person early voting at centers started Monday, October 26. There were lines gathered before opening that morning, but the board of elections reported that workers were working hard to catch up. In just the first hour and forty minutes, about 1,600 people had already cast their ballot Monday. “Aside from the pandemic and needing to implement numerous health safety measures, the early voting process has worked well,” Linda Miller from the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections added in an email to Arundel Journal Monday. “Turnout is heavy, but a Presidential General Election is usually a high turnout election.” Anne Arundel County early voters broke the record for early voting in the county the board later posted Monday. 8,450 people voted in the first 6.5 hours as compared to 8,357 during the same time in 2018. Mail-in and ballot box drop-off voting also appears to have been taking place without incident. “I’ve heard all positive things,” County Executive Steuart Pittman after an unrelated press conference last Friday. “They’ve been keeping up.” Maryland is one of the states of the union that offers ballot tracking for voters, and the county offers livestream coverage of canvassing. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.