Thousands fill polling locations across state, some unphased by latest Clinton email controversy

Despite the investigation, people are still voting
Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 18:33:37-04

The numbers are in from day one and they are big, thousands of people voted on the first day of early voting in Maryland the large crowds continued Friday. 

"We really didn't know what to expect. It was a surprise, a good surprise," Maggie Mundel, an election coordinator in Harford County, said. 

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Thousands of people filled different polling locations across the state. 

"I was expecting a long line and a lot more questions, but it wasn't that many," Alvin Blake, a first-time voter, said. 

It was a smooth process for the 18-year-old. 

"It means a lot and my mother, of course. She wants me to make that decision and be responsible," Blake said. 

The large lines didn't stop election judges either. Mundel said she set up different stations at her polling place because she wanted people in and out in less than six minutes. 

"It makes people know where they are supposed to be going. We're anticipating a lot of people," Mundel said. 

According to the state board of elections, more than 122,000 people voted on Monday, but Mundel says she wants to keep the process quick. 

"We've been telling them how exciting and fast and heavy the traffic was going to be and they're all prepared and doing a great job," she said. 

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Other voters said even if you don't have the luxury of a quick vote, standing in line is important. 

"I have a brother who's mentally disabled and he has no problem waiting an hour or two standing in line to vote. If he's willing to wait with his disability, I think anybody should be willing to wait," Linda, a voter, said. 

According to the state board of elections, as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday more than 93,000 people voted on Friday. 

Coordinators say they're expecting the high numbers to continue because of the presidential race. 

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