As Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward Maryland, Anne Arundel County's Board of Elections is preparing for a potential power loss at one or all of its early voting locations.
"We are preparing today to have portable generators ready to deploy to power a few machines," said Director Joe Torre. "We are lucky; we have five locations in Anne Arundel County, so we can tell them to go to one of the other sites."
He said he's hopeful that one or more sites will survive the storm without losing power.
The storm, dubbed a "Frankenstorm", slammed Cuba on Thursday, and by Friday morning the death toll was listed at 21 across the Caribbean, according to The Huffington Post.
BGE issued a statement on Wednesday for Maryland customers, saying it was preparing for the possibility of weather-related outages this weekend and into next week.
Torre plans to update the Board of Elections' website with what polling places are open or closed in the event that Hurricane Sandy touches down in Maryland. His staff is also making sure they have a generator ready to power the board headquarters in Glen Burnie.
Early-voting for the Nov. 6 general election starts Saturday and runs through Nov. 1. Early voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and then from Monday through Thursday. On Sunday, the center will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
Residents can also call 410-222-6600 to find out if their closest polling location has power.
The five locations in Anne Arundel County are:
- West County Area Library—1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton, 21113
- North County Area Library—1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, 21060
- Severna Park Library—45 McKinsey Rd., Severna Park, 21146
- Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis—121 South Villa Ave., Annapolis, 21401
- Edgewater Library—25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, 21037