Carroll voter rolls set to reach 100,000

Registration increases 22 percent since 2000

October 15, 2004|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The number of registered voters could top 100,000 in Carroll County, a 22 percent increase since the 2000 presidential election.

The final figures from Tuesday's deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election have yet to be tallied, but they should add more than 1,000 names to the 99,364 people registered as of Sunday, election officials said yesterday.

The county has seen a surge in registrations since the summer, with more than 4,800 residents added to the rolls since Aug. 1.

Election officials are still counting applications submitted by mail and forwarded from other counties and the state. They do not expect to have a final figure until late next week.

Several hundred people visited the board of elections office in Westminster on Tuesday, and about 500 others took advantage of the chance to register at the county's five library branches.

"We had more than 300 walk-ins Tuesday and more than 500 forms from the libraries," said Gail Carter, deputy director of Carroll's board of elections.

The county also had received more than 2,700 requests for absentee ballots about two weeks before the Oct. 26 deadline for submitting those by mail.

"Every board in the state is inundated, and registrations have increased statewide," Carter said.

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