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Early Voting Turnout Breaks Local Records

By the time early voting ended on Friday evening, 38,140 voters had cast ballots in Anne Arundel County.

More voters turned out at early voting centers Friday than on any other day in Anne Arundel County's early voting history.

Check back here throughout Tuesday for live election results. 

By the time early voting ended on Friday evening, a total of 38,140 voters had cast ballots, according to information with the Maryland State Board of Elections. That's an increase of more than 4,000 over 2010's total early voting results, though 2012's numbers only account for 10.9 percent of the total number of registered voters in the county.

Statewide, about 11.6 percent of voters cast ballots early, with Anne Arundel voters somewhere in the middle of the turnout, and Talbot County leading the state with 23 percent of total voter turnout during early voting.

Director for Anne Arundel County's Board of Elections Joe Torre said the goal of early voting, which was enacted in Maryland in 2008, was to draw up to a third of registered voters to polls early. That way, the rush on Election Day wouldn't be so bad.

Torre said he was pleased with the turnout this past week, and said lines had wrapped around the early voting centers in each location. He said he expected more of that on Tuesday.

"It warrants expanding early voting days for presidential elections, I think," Torre said.

Turnout at the Annapolis early voting center—the Bates location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County—was slightly higher than other centers, with 2,191 on Friday. But each center experienced more than 100 additional voters on Friday than on previous days. 

More Democrats than Republicans showed up at polls early, with 20,057 Democrats and 12,179 Republicans.

Early voting turnout by date:

  • Oct. 27—6,521
  • Oct. 28—4,583
  • Oct. 31—8.123
  • Nov. 1—9.073
  • Nov. 2—9.840
  • Total—38,140 (10 percent of 348,778 registered voters)

Voting turnout by party:

  • Democrats—20,057 (13.4 percent of registered)
  • Republicans—12,179 (9.7 percent of registered)
Eric Smith November 05, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Early voting in this state is a complete joke because the available early voting locations is very small and the total dates to vote is severely restricted. In 2008, nationwide the early voting turnout was 30% and Maryland was around 8%. That is an embarrassment for a state with the highest per capita income. I swung by the Odenton Library to early vote on two occasions. There was easily 400 people in line outside of the building on both occasions. I ended up Absentee ballot voting because the Anne Arundel county lines on election day will be record breaking due to the 22 ballot questions. I think we should just vote like Oregon and have a complete mail in election. It is cheaper and people won't have to waste their time in line.
Christine Hinton November 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Went by Odenton 3 times, and it was a mad house. Went by Severna Park twice, and on the second trip committed to a 1 1/2 hour wait, in anticipation of election day being worse. I like early voting but think there should be more locations and more machines.
Steve Kirkpatrick November 06, 2012 at 05:51 AM
There needs to be more machines during early voting. I stood in line for 45 minutes at the West County Library in Odenton and was astonished to discover there were only 13 voting stations in the voting area inside. The county voting officials obviously should have known only 13 voting stations would cause extremely long lines and a deterred to people voting. This situation is example of poor planning by our voting officials. This is a worthy issue for public elected officials to address in the upcoming political cycle.
Ellen November 06, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Ialso triedto vote multiple times at West County library and turned away because of long lines. In some instances there were traffic james extending out to Rt 175. I like Washington State because it has all mail balloting. No expensive polling machines, no worries about weather or power outages, etc. is other states can figure out how to do this securely, cant we? The best part ... Once you have voted, robocallers tend to take you off their lists!

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