About 10% of eligible Carroll County voters have already cast their ballots in the 2022 Primary Election, either via early voting centers, which were open daily through Thursday, or mail-in voting, which is ongoing through Election Day.
Tuesday is the last chance to cast ballots in the 2022 primary election; polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at locations across the county. Find your polling place, sample ballots and other information on the Carroll County Board of Elections website, at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov.
There are 127,032 registered voters in the county, according to the state Board of Elections. Of that, 63,517 (50%) are registered Republicans; 33,407 (26%) are registered Democrats; 27,997 (22%) are unaffiliated; and 2,111 (2%) are registered with other parties.
As of Friday, 6,509 mail-in ballots had been returned to the Carroll County Board of Elections. Of those, 3,515 were from Democrats; 2,428 were from Republicans, and 566 came from other voters.
The county board of elections received 13,953 requests for mail-in ballots and will accept completed mail-in ballots via U.S. mail (postmarked on or before July 19) or dropped off in person through 8 p.m., Tuesday, at drop boxes in the following locations:
- Carroll County Board of Elections Office, 300 S. Center St., Westminster
- Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy
- North Carroll Senior Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead
- South Carroll Senior Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Sykesville
- Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown
- Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster
Carroll’s three early voting centers served 6,394 voters, according to data available as of Friday afternoon.
Since the election is a closed primary, registered Republican voters will only see Republican candidates on their ballots and Democratic voters will only see Democratic candidates on their ballots.
Other voters can only vote for the Carroll County Board of Education candidates. The school board race is nonpartisan, meaning the candidates are not affiliated with any political party.
In the school board race, voters may choose three candidates on their primary election ballots. The top six vote-getters will advance to the general election. The candidates include incumbent Tara Battaglia, incumbent Patricia Dorsey, Amanda Jozkowski, James Miller, Pat Sands, Tom Scanlan and Steve Whisler.
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All five seats are on the ballot for the Board of Carroll County Commissioners. All candidates for this race are Republicans, except one, meaning the top vote-getter in districts 1, 2, 4 and 5 after primary election results are tallied will be the winner of the seat. District 3 has one Democrat in the race, Zach Hands, of Westminster. He will face the winner of the Republican primary, Marsha Herbert or Tom Gordon.
Candidates for District 1 include Ray Fava of New Windsor; Jesse A. Gibson of Westminster; Thomas E. Irwin, Jr., of Taneytown; Sean Shaffer, of Westminster; and Joe Vigliotti, of Taneytown.
Candidates for District 2 include Kenneth A. Kiler, of Manchester and Dave Reese Sr., of Hampstead.
In District 4, candidates include Michael R. Guerin of Mount Airy and Carl Keener of Woodbine.
Commissioner District 5 candidates include the only incumbent in the race. Republican Commissioner’s President Ed Rothstein is seeking reelection and is being challenged by candidates Cathey Allison and Kate M. Maerten, both of Sykesville.
Also to be decided by the primary are the next Carroll County State’s Attorney. Republicans David Ellin, a medical malpractice attorney in private practice, and Haven Shoemaker, who currently represents District 5 in the Maryland General Assembly and is a former county commissioner, are competing for the job.
Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees, a Republican, is also on the ballot, running unopposed for another four years in his job. DeWees was first elected sheriff in 2014.