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Washington County voters turn out early, and in force

November 06, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Voters occupy four voting machines at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Hagerstown on Tuesday morning.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

The polls in Maryland opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and voters began casting ballots for president, U.S. senator and representative and ballot questions as well as for candidates in local races.

At Boonsboro Middle School, Precinct 06-2, 536 of 2,247 registered voters had voted by 11:20 a.m., Chief Judge Jacki Bussard said. Eighty-seven people had voted within the first 30 minutes after the polls opened, she said.

At Sharpsburg Elementary School, Precinct 01-0, 458 people of 2,217 registered voters had voted by 10:25 a.m., Chief Judge Craig Whetstine said.

"It's been steady since we opened at 7 a.m.," he said. "There's been a lot of people voting."

Robert Eschbach, 62, of Sharpsburg, said all the issues in this election were equally important to him, but the presidential and congressional races were the two most important races to him.

"The guy I voted for president, I want him to take the country in a certain direction," he said. "I also think it's important to have a guy in Congress that's going to support the president."

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Scott Obitts, 31, of Sharpsburg, said that the presidential election and Question 7 were the two most important decisions on the ballot for him to make because of the issue most important to him.

"Jobs and getting the economy running again is what's important," he said. "The freedom to vote is also important to me. As an American citizen, it's your right."

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