In contrast to the disappointing turnout in the recent primary election, some Washington County voters were lined up this morning to cast their ballots before the polling places were even open.
Voters living in District 2-B in Sharpsburg could hardly wait to get to the polls at the elementary school to choose their candidates in the 2006 general election.
"People were waiting when we got here," said Betty Meyers, chief judge. "It's been a very, very busy start."
Polls all around Washington County opened at 7 a.m. They will remain open until 8 tonight.
With just over 2,000 registered voters, the Sharpsburg Elementary School precinct usually has at least a 50 percent turnout or better in a general election, Meyers said this morning around 8 a.m.
"I think it is a little busier than usual this early," she said.
There was a line of about 10 people at Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown when polls opened there, according to Dave Gysberts, chief judge.