Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks (left), who is running for county executive, chats with a volunteer outside the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland, on June 14, the first day of early voting in the state. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks (left), who is running for county executive, chats with a volunteer outside the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland, on June 14, the first day of early voting in the state. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Carolyn Fleming arrived Thursday at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, 90 minutes before the polls opened.

The Suitland resident didn’t know early voting for the primary election in Maryland didn’t begin until 10 a.m.

“As long as God allowed me to vote, that’s all that matters,” she said minutes after casting her ballot. “Our ancestors made it possible for us to vote. Every vote matters.”

Fleming joined hundreds of Prince George’s County residents who chose to vote on the first day of early voting. It lasts for a week until June 21.

One of the major contests will be for voters to choose a new county executive. The current executive, Rushern L. Baker III, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and is term-limited.

Several of the candidates for county executive and their supporters shook hands, waved, distributed paraphernalia and chatted with prospective voters to “make the right choice.”

The county has nearly 524,806 eligible voters in this year’s gubernatorial primary, an increase of 14,355, or 3 percent from voters in the gubernatorial primary four years ago.

This year’s primary count also represents a 5 percent increase from the presidential primary election two years ago.

After receiving campaign literature in the mail about three weeks ago, Jackie Humprhies of Mitchellville didn’t realize Baker sought the governor’s seat.

“I always liked him. I like his personality,” she said after casting her vote for Baker at the Sports and Learning Complex.

Humphries chose Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks for county executive.

“I have seen [Alsobrooks] in action. I haven’t seen Donna Edwards, except on TV,” she said. “That’s the way I voted.”

Edward Earl Miller of Oxon Hill went in a different direction to support former NAACP President Ben Jealous for governor and Edwards for county executive.

“I voted for Rushern Baker for a long time, but I voted for Ben Jealous,” Miller said at the recreation complex in Fort Washington. “He’s a civil rights man. He was president of the NAACP. He would have a lot of power in changing things.”

As for county executive, Miller chose former Rep. Donna Edwards.

“I [voted for] my favorite church member. I know about [Edwards] more than Alsobrooks,” he said.

The polls close at 8 p.m. A list of the early voting sites can be found here at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11692/Early-Voting-Sites-PDF.

Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the primary election on June 26.

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