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Early Voting Resumes Wednesday With Extended Hours

To make up for lost time in early voting because of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that early voting will take place through Friday with extended hours at the polls.

Early voting will resume Wednesday in Maryland, and polls will be open with extended hours through Friday, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to make up for time lost due to Hurricane Sandy. Early voting was cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, and not originally schedule for Friday. Early voting hours were originally 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

“Anyone that’s waiting in line by 9 p.m. will be able to vote,” O’Malley said during a press conference at Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Reisterstown.

Early voting will take place in Garrett County as well, where the governor said the state may have to plow roads and resort to backup power sources.

Tim Lemke November 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM
In my conversations with voters, I sense there is a bit of anxiety about what you might encounter on Nov. 6. For some people, they may only be able to vote before or after work, so the window is limited. I think there is a general fear that by waiting until the final day, you run the risk of not getting a chance to vote at all. That said, I'd be stunned if the lines are this long on Election Day, because there are far more polling places open.
Jenni Pompi November 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It took me about two hours to vote in Bowie yesterday. I actually found that people waiting in line were in great spirits and no one around me complained about the wait. I think that's because people who vote early often do so by choice - they choose to stand in those lines. There was a real sense of camaraderie and excitement.
Paul Amirault November 02, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I vote in Kingsville, during the day Tuesday it will take me longer to avoid all of the handouts then I will wait in line to vote. Hands in pockets!
Hank Staniszewski November 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
My situation is that I'm on call and on any day may be in one of 4 locations 1-1.5 hours from home. I've missed voting on election days because of that, Early voting gives me a chance to make sure I don't have to miss. In Texas they had early voting with no lines. Here for some reason early voting seems to be a GOTV goal for some compaigns. I resisted 4 times becaus of the long outside line in BOWIE and NO parking - jammed solid. The Landover line looked much smaller, If I had known it was over 3 hours I would have passed and taken my chances on election day. After the initial hour in line there was no indication how much longer it would be despite asking the 'event staff' there who didn't understand why someone would be concerned about time. I did get paged in line and was nearly requried to leave, but the issue was able to be handled by phone this time. I regret the wait, the time wasted and that a means to allow voters an alternative has been co-opted to show a strong initial surge for a candidate or campaign wasting time for a lot of people. Having gone thru it I estimated there were 600-700 people in the line waiting nearly 4 hours. What a waste of time and resources for a society.
Needaname November 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I voted at Towson University on Thursday morning. I arrived at 7:45 am. There where 7 people sitting comfortably in the lobby waiting for the Poll to open. I was out by 8:15 am.

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