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With early voting slated to begin Thursday in Maryland’s Primary Election, officials say they’re planning for a big turnout at the polls.

Historically, gubernatorial primary elections typically see more than 20% of registered voters going to the polls, according to Barry Jackson, deputy director of the Washington County election board. However, the election board has already received 8,000 requested mail-in ballots.

“That’s, theoretically, 8,000 people that aren’t going to show up at the polling place,” Jackson told The Herald-Mail in a telephone interview. “That should relieve some pressure on Election Day at the polling places.”

However, Jackson added the county election board is still planning for the unexpected.

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“If we don’t have (a big turnout), then we don’t have it,” he said. “At least, if we do, we’re ready for it.”

Where do I go for advanced voting on the Lower Shore?

On the Lower Shore, there are two advancing voting sites in Wicomico County, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and at First Baptist Church’s Family Life and Cultural Center, 528 Booth St. in Salisbury.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service