It was almost anti-climactic at the polls in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon.
After a year of robo-calls, tons of campaign literature, debates and nonstop news coverage, election day came to Carroll County — and the turnout was heavy and steady.
Just after 4 p.m., as temperatures dropped, there were plenty of hardy campaign workers at the polls at Westminster Elementary School. Joy Fisher and Erin Snell and Jennifer and Molly Harvilak were busy greeting voters and handing out literature in support of Question 6, the Civil Marriage Protection Act.
"Been here since the morning — and we're cold," Fisher said in between shivers.
"Lots of interest and thumbs-up, and folks saying 'we're with you,' "added Snell, who was bundled up for the day's work.
"People have been very nice, even if they have not been in support. Folks have really friendly and respectful," said Jennifer Harvilak.
Donna Kronner was also at Westminster Elementary, waving a sign in support of Daniel Bongino, Republican candidate running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. Bongino "is a great guy," said Kronner with some excitement.
Voter turn-out has been "great," Kronner said.
"They are in there maybe 10 minutes most and right back out," she added.
"Everyone seems in good spirits, in spite of the cold. Very positive," said Kronner as she broke away to hand campaign literature to a voter.
Down the sidewalk and closer to the entrance of the school, Girl Scouts and their mothers were using the opportunity to sell eight flavors of Girl Scout cookies and doing a brisk business.
As the dinner hour approached, the crowds grew steadily as a constant stream of voters headed for the entrance of the school.
Inside the building was warm — to the delight of voters.
The line began just past the school lobby and extended all the way up the hall to the auditorium, but moved quickly.
It took about 15 minutes to arrive at the election judges' tables.
Many of the judges were regulars who had done the job for many years.
Jay Voight, one of the chief judges, said that as of 4:16 p.m., 2,190 people — or 47 percent of the eligible voters in that Westminster precinct — had voted.
"Lunch time was light. This morning was heavy and about 3:30 p.m., it started to pick up again," Voight said.
There were 21 voting stations at the precinct, and that helped move the line quickly.
"It has not been taking folks long to vote," Voight said. "There has been no problems and the (electronic registration and voting) system has been great."