Election 2020

Steady Stream of Voters Break Participation Records

UPPER MARBORO, Md. — Here at the Show Place Arena on Pennsylvania Avenue in Prince George’s County, on Tuesday afternoon there was no line outside, but there were voters inside.

I caught a couple of voters on their way out of the building and heard their takes on the U.S. presidential election.

“It was a surprising in-and-out process,” said Levi Edmondson Jr. “I thought there would be a line, but it took about 10 to 15 minutes.

“I voted for [Democrat Joe] Biden, even though I am not comfortable with either prospect,” Edmondson said. “I had less caution for Biden than [Republican incumbent Donald] Trump because I am an IBEW Local 26 union member. Trump does not support unions.”

Brandi McCall of Prince George’s County said, “It was good. I usually work the election, so it was good to be on the other side of it. I would say that the wording can be confusing on the [local] amendments sections of the ballot.”

And Thomas Quick, also of Prince George’s said voting “was a really easy process; nobody was hardly in there. I would definitely come here again to vote.”

As of Nov. 2, according to CNN, 100 million people voted in person, mail, absentee or drive-through balloting, more than 70 percent of all votes cast in 2016.

The writer is a student at the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication.

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