So. Md. Election Coverage Includes Cable 95, County Websites, Live Blogging on

SOUTHERN MARYLAND - The results of the 2006 General Election that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7 will receive ample local media coverage.

The Charles County and St. Mary's County Governments have both announced that they will broadcast the results of the local elections on their respective government cable TV channel 95 as well as post the results on the County websites.

The Charles County Commissioners announced that Comcast Cable subscribers will be able to view General Election Results in Charles County on the Charles County Government Cable Channel 95 as they are reported by precincts following the close of the polls on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. Results will also be posted on the Charles County Government website,

On the following day, Wednesday, November 8, up-to-date Statewide Results, as well as County Results, will be broadcast throughout the day, along with regular programming, on Channel 95.

St. Mary's County Government will broadcast election results live on Government Channel 95 and on the County's website at on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, as they are reported from the polling locations throughout the county. The first results are expected to be noted at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Mr. George Forrest, County Administrator, will host live election coverage on Government Channel 95, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The program will include panel guests Mr. J. Ernest Bell, II, Former Delegate and Dr. Helen Daugherty, Professor of Sociology, St. Mary's College of Maryland, as well as live telephone interviews with the candidates beginning at 8:30 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening.

The Calvert County has said that they will make the results of their election available on the County's website at

Southern Maryland Online will be updating state and county vote tallies in the Election Guide as they come in. Members of the community are invited to Blog live in our Election Forum. A reporter will be Blogging live from the St. Mary's County Governmental Center.

Some races are expected to be close. As such, the final results of those races may not be known for days.

Absentee ballots will not be counted until Thursday. This year, a record number of ballots were mailed in So. Maryland (see Record Number of Absentee Ballots Mailed in So. Md. for 2006 Election). Provisional Ballots aren’t counted until the following Monday. Other Absentee ballots that were postmarked before Election Day but not received in time to be counted on the Thursday after the election will be counted on the 17th.

Both major parties have also reportedly assembled legal teams to contest close outcomes in key races such as the ones for the U.S. Senate and the Governor's seat.

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