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Frederick Prepares for September Primary Election

You have until September 3rd to turn in an absentee ballot, or you can vote at the polls on September 10th. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick is getting ready for their big primary day for the city's more than 66,000 residents.

You have several options to make your voice heard. You have until September 3rd to turn in an absentee ballot, or you can vote at the polls on September 10th. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"Logic and accuracy testing of the voting equipment is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, at 2 p.m. at the City's Department of Public Works. We are making sure everything is in place for the polling places and coordinating logistics for delivery of the equipment on Election Day. Voters will be using paper ballots this time instead of touch screens." said Saundra Nickols, attorney for the City of Frederick.

The candidates are also busy preparing for primary day, including Mayor Randy McClement. He's among six candidates, three Republicans and three Democrats, running for mayor.

"I'm probably going to get out and do a little bit of sign waving so that people can get the name with the recognition of the sign out there and sending out some last minute don't-forget-to-vote literature," McClement (R) said. 

Incumbent Aldermen Michael O'Connor and Kelly Russell are also busy getting ready for the primary for the five-member board.

"Last time when we ran, there were actually 20 candidates running for alderman. This time there are only 15, so it's crowded, but it's not as crowded as it was the first time," Russell (D) said. 

"I think every candidate is sort of in the same place in terms of trying to meet as many voters as you can, trying to do all of the things that are going to put your face and your name in front of people who are likely to vote on primary election day, and that's attending candidate forums, it's doing the meet and greets, and it doing the door knocking," O'Connor (D) said. 

Election results will be announced in the board room at City Hall after the polls close.

"I think a lot people do forget that the primary comes first, and that's September 10th, and so we're trying to make sure people go out and vote," McClement said. 

To find your polling location and to contact the candidates running for alderman and mayor, click here.
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