Prince George’s voters got off to a quick start during the early voting period for the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election.
Early voting, which began Oct. 23, will continue from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Oct. 30.
The polling places are Upper Marlboro Community Center in Upper Marlboro; College Park Community Center in College Park; Bowie Community Center in Bowie; Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center in Landover; Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington; Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center in Laurel; Baden Community Center in Brandywine; and Suitland Community Park School Center in Forestville.
“Everything is going well,” said Alisha Alexander, election administrator for the county. “So far we’re very pleased about the turnout and we hope voters continue to take advantage of the opportunity to vote early.”
According to unofficial early voting results, 5, 817 people came out to vote Oct. 23 compared to 5,395 during the first day of early voting in 2010, Alexander said. She said that so far no glitches had been reported by election judges.
By comparison, Alexander said 2,727 voters turned out for the first day of early voting during the primary election in June.
She said voter turnouts are historically low during primary elections, and that the voter turnout on Oct. 23 is comparable to the first day of early voting during the most recent midterm election in 2010.
“This is the first time I voted in the midterm election,” said Cheryl Hackett, 61, of Bowie after casting her ballot at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center on Oct. 23.
Alicie Popovici/The Gazette Election judge Victoria Rinehardt (right) of Suitland hands an “I voted” sticker to Dakota Martin, 5, of Upper Marlboro as her mother, Aisha, looks on Oct. 23 during the first day of early voting at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center in Landover. The voting precinct was among eight county precincts open for early voting to Oct. 30.
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