Wicomico voters wait in line on first day of early in-person voting, officials report “great” turnout
WICOMICO CO., Md. – Early in-person voting got underway in Maryland on Monday and some voters were greeted by long lines at local polling centers.
“I think everybody is looking to have a voice and this is the most democratic way to voice our opinions,” says Dani Winters, a Wicomico County voter.
Wicomico County residents lined up outside the Civic Center on Monday to cast their ballots on the first day of early in-person voting in Maryland.
“I believe it’s our right as a citizen to vote and I don’t care who you vote for, just vote because we have to vote for America,” says Ruth Beattie, a Wicomico County voter.
Depending on the time of day, some voters said they waited anywhere from ten minutes to an hour. “It seems to be pretty busy but the lines moving well so we’re doing alright,” says Coe Lovell, a Wicomico County voter.
Most people 47 ABC spoke with said they came prepared to wait as long as needed. “I got my music. I’m good. However long it takes I’m in it,” says LaJuan Hayward, a Wicomico County voter.
“I expected some lines and thank God it’s not raining out,” says Louis LaNeve, a Wicomico County voter.
Some weren’t shy about sharing who they voted for as well as which key issues they’re focused on this year. “I would say personal integrity, preservation of democracy, issues that we both feel strongly about including our immigration, the environment,” says Martha Zimmerman, a Wicomico County voter.
Regardless of the candidate selected in the voting booth, people seem to agree that they’re encouraged by voter turnout so far. “I feel good for the first time in a long time about America. We usually have very low voter turnout and it seems people have gotten the message for a change,” says Lovell.
“I feel good about our country. I really do. I know there’s a lot of bad things happening but I think the basic sound foundation is still there,” says Beattie.
Around 4 PM on Monday, Wicomico County Election officials estimated voter turnout was around 1,700 people adding that number is a “great turnout.”
Maryland’s early in-person voting centers are open every day through November 2nd from 7 AM to 8 PM.
As for Delaware, the first state does not offer early in-person voting. However, Delawareans have until October 30th to request a mail in absentee ballot or you can vote at a polling location on November 3rd.