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Maryland Voters Hit the Polls on Election Day

More than 150,000 Maryland residents had voted on Election Day by about 11 a.m., the state elections board reported Tuesday.

One of those voters, Thomas Johnson of Landover, cast his ballot at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Football Team. He was one of the first Prince George’s County residents to vote at the stadium, which is being used as a voting center amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a lot roomier for people to vote [especially] with the virus,” Johnson said. “Voting gives you the opportunity to pick your candidate and change the country. It matters.”

A few lines appeared when some polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, but people moved smoothly inside voting centers as lines shortened later in the morning.

As voters await results for the presidential election between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Maryland’s 10 electoral votes are expected to go to Biden in the largely Democratic state, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.

Residents vote on Election Day at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland, on Nov. 3. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Residents vote on Election Day at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland, on Nov. 3. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

A Goucher College poll released last month showed 61 percent of Marylanders would vote for Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama. About 30 percent supported Trump.

Meanwhile, Maryland broke early-voting records with an eight-day total of nearly 983,310. Another 1.3 million cast their votes by mail-in ballot for an estimated total of 2.3 million, or 57 percent of the state’s 4.1 million registered voters.

Because of the number of ballots already cast and mailed in prior to Election Day, it’s possible results may not come in Tuesday night. However, county and Baltimore City election officials have until Nov. 13 to count and certify ballots.

As of Monday, about 351,633 out of 606,439 registered voters in Prince George’s had cast their ballots. The majority-Black jurisdiction recorded the highest voter turnout during two of the first three days, according to the state elections board.

Prince George’s also has the largest number of Democrats in the state.

First-time voter Stanton Askew (right), 20, and his mother Keyana pose for a photo after voting on Election Day at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland, on Nov. 3. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
First-time voter Stanton Askew (right), 20, and his mother Keyana pose for a photo after voting on Election Day at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland, on Nov. 3. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

One of those Democrats, Keyana Askew of Clinton, voted Tuesday with her 20-year-old son, Stanton.

“I just feel like this election has been super-biased on both sides. However, everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” said Stanton Askew, who voted for the first time Tuesday at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington. “I’m excited to see the outcome. I’m glad I made a difference.”

Besides two statewide ballot questions, Prince George’s voters will have choices on five ballot question, a Circuit Court judge race and two competitive school board races. Voters can view one of the ballots with the questions at https://bit.ly/361Awu1.

Maryland voters have until 8 p.m. to cast ballots. Prince George’s voters can go to one of 41 voting centers.

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I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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