Carroll Digest


October 29, 2004

Voters can try machines at final demonstration

The Carroll County Board of Elections has scheduled its final demonstration of how the new voting machines work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at TownMall of Westminster.

"This will give voters a chance to try the new system before going to the polls on Tuesday," said Patricia Matsko, elections board director.

A demonstration is also available on the Internet at Voters can click on "live demonstration" to try the AccuVote-TS system.

Information: 410-386-2080.

Safety tips offered for trick-or-treaters

The Red Cross and the State Fire Marshal's Office are offering safety tips for Halloween trick-or-treaters.

The Red Cross recommends that those going out Sunday night should plan a route and share it with family members; stay in groups; never go into a stranger's house; only wear masks with large eye holes; and look before crossing streets.

Trick-or-treaters should carry a flashlight and wear either light-colored costumes or reflective tape for visibility, stay in well-lighted areas and only visit homes with the outside light on.

The fire marshal encourages trick-or-treaters to wear flame-retardant costumes and avoid billowing or trailing clothing.

When decorating, keep combustible items away from open flames and other heat sources. Use caution when decorating with candles, including lighting jack-o'-lanterns. Exits should be clear of decorations.

Adults should instruct children what to do if their clothes catch fire (stop, drop and roll, and cover their face with their hands), and to locate exits if attending a party.

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