BERLIN- In spite of heated campaigning by the candidates in this year’s presidential race, voter turnout decreased in Worcester County.
Unofficial turnout numbers released by the Maryland State Board of Elections Thursday set Worcester County’s voter turnout at 68.38 percent, down from the 76.64 percent of voters who turned out for the 2012 presidential election. In 2008, 80.45 percent of the county’s eligible voters visited the polls.
While overall turnout may have been down, those campaigning at local polling locations saw plenty of excitement among those who did come to vote.
“We had an elderly woman voting for the first time and a young man in his 20s who came to tell us the same thing,” said Elena McComas, secretary of the county’s Republican Central Committee, who was at polls in Ocean Pines on Tuesday. “It seemed like everyone got involved which is special.”