Harford County Executive and would-be Republican gubernatorial nominee David Craig talks to voters at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School in Fallston. Craig, in Fallston around 4pm, said turnout was “very light” in his travels today which included Carroll and Baltimore counties as well as Harford.
As of 3 p.m., just 8.66 percent of registered Harford County voters had cast their ballots, according to Election Director Kevin Keane.
“We were hoping to end up with at least 40 percent, but I don’t think we’re going to get anywhere close to that,” he said. “Everyone’s away…we’d should have held this down in Ocean City, we’d have gotten better numbers.”
Harford County Council President Billy Boniface in front of North Harford Elementary School at 5pm, showing support for Dick Slutzky, the man he’d like to see succeed him as council president.
Vehicles campaign in North Harford
At Edgewood Parks & Rec Center: Asked about turnout in his Edgewood/Joppatowne District A, County Councilman Dion Guthrie had one word: “terrible”. He said that none of the eight polling places he had surveyed had had more than 100 voters as of his last check before the 10 o’clock hour. However, Guthrie did volunteer the results of a one-voter exit poll he conducted on the hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination in State Senate District 34 between former state Sen. Art Helton and current Del. Mary-Dulany James. James got the nod. Inside the Edgewood polling place, the vote tally as of 10:00 a.m. was 27 total, with 20 Democratic, 7 Republican, and no non-partisan votes cast (the two school board candidates in this district will automatically advance to the general election in November)
At Aberdeen High School: Handing out literature and speaking to voters as they trickled in, Del. Glen Glass was also photobombed by former Aberdeen City councilman and James supporter, Mike Hiob. Inside the polling place, 108 voters had cast ballots by 11:00 a.m., comprised of 74 Democrats, 32 Republicans, and 2 non-partisan.
Outside Havre de Grace High School, an army of campaign signs marshaled to greet voters, along with county council District F candidate Monica Worrell. As of 11:00 a.m. the tally inside was 139; 71 Democratic, 60 Republican, and 8 non-partisan. Gubernatorial candidate and County Executive David Craig voted at this, his hometown polling place, earlier in the day, according to a chief election judge. But by noontime, Craig was long gone.
As of 8:00 a.m. at Patterson Mill Middle/High School in Bel Air: Turnout is low, according to the location’s veteran chief election judge, with 47 total votes cast, 15 Democratic, 29 Republican, 3 non-partisan. Sign-wavers stationed in the parking lot agree; traffic has been low since the polls opened at 7:00 a.m.
Alex Goffin, husband of state delegation candidate Cassandra Beverley, also reports low traffic at the Southampton Middle School, Bel Air Middle, Homestead/Wakefield, William Paca/Old Post Road, and Abingdon elementary school polling locations that he and his wife had already visited by 8:45 this morning.
It’s Tuesday June 24, which means it’s 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election Day in Harford County. Democrat and Republican voters across the county will head to the polls and elect their respective parties’ nominees, who will advance to face off in the November General Election. But, for now, here are all the details you need to know for the primary election.
The polls will be open to registered voters from 7am-8pm. Because it is a primary election, Democrats may only vote for Democratic candidates and Republicans for Republicans – Independents, third-party voters, and those who have declined affiliation will get their chance to vote during the General Election. Please note, however, that the races for the Harford County Board of Education are non-partisan, meaning voters who are not registered with a political party are still eligible to vote in the primary election for their district representative on the school board.
Not sure in which councilmanic or legislative district you reside or where to cast your vote? No problem. Simply type your address into the handy Harford County Government Election Boundary Locator and you’ll be on your way.
Like to prepare ahead of time? Take a look at the Gubernatorial Primary 2014 Sample Ballots so you’ll be fully prepared to cast your vote when you step into the booth.
Still have questions or concerns? Try looking up the Harford County Board of Elections website or contacting them another way: 410-638-3565 or 410-879-2000 — (TTY) 711 — (fax) 410-638-3310 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Results of the Tuesday’s Primary Election may be available by 10pm. The Board of Elections has scheduled the first Absentee Ballot Canvass on June 27 at 10am, the Provisional Ballot Canvass on July 2 at 10am, and the second Absentee Ballot Canvass on July 7 at 10pm.
As always, check back with The Dagger and or The Dagger’s Facebook page throughout the day for news and updates on the election, voting, and local campaigns.
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Finally, if you’re still undecided and looking for information on specific candidates or races, links to The Dagger’s coverage of Harford County’s 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election Races can be found here: