Election Day Roundup: Anne Arundel County Votes (Evening Update)
High turnout continues into the evening all across the county with many voters coming out to vote on Question A.
Polling centers across the county are still reporting steady streams of voters this evening with Question A motivating voters to be heard on this Election Day. It's been an interesting day and evening in Greater Annapolis, and all around the county. Keep checking Patch for updates and results as they are announced tonight.
Odenton Patch editor Tim Lemke caught up with caught up with David Cordish, president of the Cordish Cos., as he traveled Anne Arundel County looking to drum up support for Question A. Watch the video with Cordish here.
Check the live Patch sites in Historic Annapolis, Broadneck and Crofton for more updates on the afternoon and early evening voter turnout across the country. We also have updates from the not-yet-launched Patch sites of Pasadena, Glen Burnie and Severn.
The high voter turnout in Pasadena continued into the evening as voters got off work and headed to polling places around the area.
Despite this being the first year for Maryland's early voting process, voters have showed up at polling places throughout Election Day to support their candidates and the issues that interest them.
Question A, a hot issue for the Anne Arundel County area that determines whether slots will be allowed at Arundel Mills, has received a large amount of support according to electioneers. Several voters that chose to remain anonymous expressed their support for the incumbents and for Question A.
"There's been a very big turnout thus far," said Ken Funk, an electioneer supporting Derek Fink. "There's especially been a good Republican and independent voter turnout." — Cory Galliher, editor of Pasadena Patch
As the day winds down, Glen Burnie residents are heading to polling places after leaving work to cast their votes.
"I was off today but I waited for [my husband] to get off work so we could vote as a family. We try to do as much as we can as a family," said Melody Burgess after voting at North County High School.
The couple brought their 6-year-old daughter, Harper, with them to the polls.
"We told her that after we left here we would take her to the mall. I don't think she realized how long the line was going to be. When we came the last time we just walked right in and up to a machine," Burgess said.
There are about 2,000 registered voters at the North County High School precinct and as of 4 p.m., 681 people had cast ballots.Paul Rich said it was important to him to participate in the mid-term elections so he could vote for the Democratic candidates in the race.
"I voted along party lines but I do like all of the Democratic candidates," he said.Burgess acknowledged that fewer people are motivated to vote during mid-term elections, but said that it was important to her to get out and vote today.
"It's our right. We're Americans and we like to reserve the right to vote," she said. "Plus, every day we've been getting at least five phone calls [from candidates] asking us to vote for them."
Chief Republican Election Judge Carole Sacks said everything had been running without incident since the polls opened at 7 a.m.
"Everything has gone really smooth today. We had a light group this morning, then it picked up during lunch time and tapered off again. Now, its picking back up as people are getting off work," she said. — Maya T. Prabhu, editor of Glen Burnie Patch
An unanticipated high number of voters caused some unexpected stress for Chief Election Judges Andrea Jones and Charles Benfer at Severn Elementary's voting site.
By 5 p.m., more than 600 voters had cast their ballot and both judges were scrambling for more provisional ballots. Initially given 25 ballots and 21 applications, Provisional Election Judge Janice Zuknick was low on resources.
"We've been calling [the Board of Elections] because we're running out of provisionals," said Benfer. "We've been after them for two and a half hours."
Jones, Benfer and Zuknick were nervous they would run out considering peak voting hours were about to begin around 5:30 p.m. The Board's policy is to allow every provisional citizen an opportunity to vote but Benfer was unsure as to what to do if they ran out of ballots.
At 5:25 p.m., right before a flood of voters arrived, the judges only had three provisional applications remaining, a necessary document to allow provisional voting. — Jonathan Moynihan, editor of Severn Patch