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Early Voting Means More Options In Montgomery County

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There will be new voting machines used for this year's election.
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There will be new voting machines used for this year's election.

In Montgomery County, Md., voters have six days to cast their ballots, and Board of Elections staff believe early voting will make a difference in voter turnout.

Marjorie Roher of the Montgomery County Board of Elections says people are taking advantage of the added opportunity. Nearly 70 people were lined up before the doors opened at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Friday.

"By creating early voting, you're opening it up to more people who just can't fit getting to a polling place on Election Day into their schedule, who just don't want to vote a paper ballot--they want to vote on a voting machine. So giving them six days before an election to do that, hopefully more people will vote," Roher says.

The board's Web site provides a running ticker to show the wait times at the five early voting locations in Silver Spring, Rockville, Burtonsville and Germantown. Each location is open through Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of Sunday.

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