Early Voting Ends in Perry Hall, Light Turnout
Honeygo Run Regional Park was one of five Baltimore County locations to hold early voting in Maryland's primary elections.
Early voters were few, but passionate, according to conservative political campaigner Anita Schatz.
"People are starting to wake up and realize how important this election is," Schantz said. Standing in the Honeygo Run Regional Park parking lot in Perry Hall, she handed out pamphlets for District 2 congressional candidate, State Sen. Nancy Jacobs.
The park's recreation center was one of only five early voting centers in Baltimore County. Early voting in Maryland's primary elections ran between March 24 and March 29. Dozens more polling stations are expected to open on April 3, Primary Election Day.
State election officials described early voter turnout as light.
Out of more than 413,000 eligible voters in Baltimore County, less than 3 percent—just under 12,000—participated in early voting, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. A total of 2,350 voters visited the Honeygo center by closing time on Thursday.
Bernard Bocherek of Perry Hall was one of them. A registered Democrat, Bocherek said most of the races on his ballot were uncontested, aside from the race for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin's seat.
"I voted to keep him in office. He's doing a good job," Bocherek said.
Bocherek added that he appreciated getting to vote early.
"I think it's more convenient," he said. "I don't see why more people don't do it."
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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article misspelled Anita Schatz's name. Patch regrets the error.