Happy 4th of July Carroll County. We are just 72 hours from the beginning of Early Voting in Maryland for the 2022 Primary Election.
I have been tracking the total number of mail-in ballots (county wide) for a while (Mid June article and early July article) and a local candidate running for Board of Education (Steve Whisler) provided me the following data he obtained from the Carroll County Board of Elections concerning mail-in ballots broken out by district.
This information is important for races as mail-in ballot canvasing will not begin until July 21st (two days after the primary) and many races may not be fully decided until all of the mail-in ballots are counted.
Here is the information regarding requested mail-in ballots shared with the Carroll County Observer:
UNA – 1735 (12.62%)
Total – 13748 ballots
DEM – 1236 (47.80%)
UNA – 324 (12.47%)
Other – 20 (0.77%)
UNA – 351 (12.90%)
DEM – 5227 (50.87%)
Total – 10276 ballots
DEM – 1581 (45.54%)
REP – 1421 (41.22%)
A few notes about the mail-in ballot information above:
- In each local district above (except for Commissioner District 3) the only candidates are Republican. So Democrat and Independent votes will not play a factor in the local contested Commissioner, State Senate or State Delegate races.
- Everyone can vote in the Board of Education race…so knowing that is important (although it is pretty easy to predict which six candidates will move forward through the Primary)
- Obviously the focus of The Observer is on the local races…but Democrats and Republican votes for Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, US Senate, Congressional Districts 2 and 3 and many more races are equally important and mail-in voting will play a significant factor in those Primary races as well.
As a reminder…if you want to learn more about the local candidates be sure to check out these Voter Guides: