Visiting the polls: Anne Arundel County sets voter record

Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 17:57:36-04

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Day five of early in-person voting continues with strong numbers throughout the state. As of 4 p.m. the Maryland Board of Elections said the unofficial voter turnout was 97,978. In Anne Arundel County the number over voters turning out have helped topple past records set.

By mid-afternoon it was calculated that more than 76,200 voters had cast their ballot since Monday.

Helping those numbers increase are voters like Shondra Morrison.

"I have a two-and-a-half-year-old," said Morrison. "My vote today was not just for me but was for his future too. It didn’t matter how long it was going to take me. I was determined to stand out here. I’m glad I was able to get out here and get it done."

Voter Pete Witkowski said he voted to re-elect president Trump.

"Just to make the right choice for what I thought this country needed," he said.

Those who spoke to WMAR-2 News said they took advantage of early in person voting make sure their vote was counted on time."

"I just didn't trust the mail in ballot," said Cathy Rinehart. "Here I could see it be scanned and I know that it'll matter."

With three days left before early voting ends, the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections is calling on visitors to visit the polls, hoping to surpass 100,000 early voters by Monday evening.

"Getting to 100,000 early voters would be a fantastic benchmark for the county," said David Garreis, Deputy Election Director. "It would be great to see that much participation."

Large voter turnout is expected through the weekend and into Monday, as projected by the last three days of early voting in 2016.

The message from polling sites to voters, be patient.