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Early voter turnout high in Maryland

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -

By the time the polls open on Tuesday, nearly a third of the country will have already cast ballots.

Three times as many voters cast early ballots in Montgomery County for this election, then did back in 2010when it first became available.

Early voting turnout was heaviest at the Germantown site, with 18,261 ballots cast. Silver Spring was next with 17,220 people voting early.

"Easy, in and out, not a lot of people there," Wheeler Winstead says of his experience.

Chris Najmi voted early in Columbia, Maryland and had an easy time of it too.

"I think it's an great option to make sure that people who want to vote can vote. And you can plan your week better. I think it's something that we should encourage", Najmi says.

But long lines outside some of the sites, like the Bowie library, were a common at some of the 46 early voting sites in Maryland.

"I tried to go on Thursday, but the line was so long, I turned around and left", Carter Petersen says.

Officials in DC and Maryland were criticized for not having enough machines and staff to speed up the process, forcing some who wanted to vote early to brave the lines on Tuesday. Not everyone minds that.

"It's easy to get to my polling place, so there was no reason for me to vote early," Ruth Jones says.

"I want to vote on Tuesday", Angela Billingsley says. "I want to be part of the crowds, get my sticker, I want the drama."

The only early voting option available now is early on Tuesday, November 6th. Polls open at 7 a.m. in Maryland.

All the votes cast before November 6th will be added up during the afternoon on Election Day and announced when the polls close at 8 p.m.

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