Long lines continue on day two of early in-person voting

Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 17:57:18-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — Can Maryland continue the momentum for early in-person voter turnout? That's the question after yesterday's record setter.

Yesterday's unofficial voter turnout was more than 161,000. It was the highest in a single day of early voting in state history, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday the unofficial voter turnout was 105,399, according to a tweet sent out by the Maryland State Board of Elections.

"Be the 105,400th by planning ahead, saving time & voting early at an early voting center in your county or city of residence. Wear your face mask!," read the tweet.

In Baltimore County, long lines showed just how many people helped cast early in-person votes.

The parking lot of the Randallstown Community Center was filled will cars as voters stood in line, all socially distancing themselves.

Wait time Tuesday was roughly 2 hours at max. Most voters who spoke to WMAR-2 News said they didn't mind.

"You learn anything worth having is worth waiting," said Mabel Holland. "I think this is a very historical moment again and I’m just taking the whole process at my age so I could just pass it on."

"Yes the lines were long but it was very pleasant," said Joan Armalis. "It’s important to just come out and do it. Even though you have to wait it’s important to come out and do and this is early voting so you are getting some kind of a jump on it."

Chairs were on hand inside the polling site's gymnasium for those with disabilities as well as people who had trouble standing for a long period of time.

"We just want to make sure there are not any mishaps or any health issues," said Danyell Smith, a volunteer with the Election Protection Coalition. "We're just try to be as accommodating as we can."

Smith's organization was also on hand to make sure polling sites were operating properly.