This election was of interest in Cecil because of the votes for the first offices created by the county charter that voters approved in 2010.

"We've never had a long line before," Scholl said. "We haven't had that 'lull' yet. "

Scholl said it appeared that many were voting for the first time, or for the first time in many years.

"We've had the [electronic voting] machines for four years since the last presidential election," Scholl said, saying that many had not seen them before and had trouble using them. "That's usually a good indicator [of new voters]."


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Joyce Eden was "happy to have the opportunity to vote."

"It's what I love about this country," Eden, a Conowingo resident, said. "I think a lot of people take for granted the rights and provisions that we have.

"I voted Republican all the way," Eden said. She added that she was "really torn" regarding same-sex marriage, but decided to vote against it.

"I strongly believe marriage is between a man and a woman," Eden said. She added that she also believes in smaller government.

Bob Pountown of Conowingo voted for all Democratic candidates, despite being unaffiliated with any political party.

"The Republicans were obstructionists," Pountown said. "They didn't want to pass anything Obama wanted. They should work together and not be always stonewalling."

Pountown said that he also voted for the Dream Act, because it's a "good thing and I like to help people," but he voted against same-sex marriage.

"If they call it something else I would have voted for it," Pountown said.

At Perryville Middle School, the early turnout was considerable, as well.

"It's been very nice, very steady," said election official Marylin Bennett, who has been working on elections in Perryville for 37 years.

Rich Gilbert, another elections official, said that as of 10 a.m., Perryville Middle had about 340 people who had voted. Gilbert added that the only issue he had seen was one voting machine that would not charge and thus was not being used.

Pat Wiggins of Port Deposit came to Perryville Middle School by mistake and was headed to Bainbridge Elementary School with her friend, Annie Davison of Perryville.

"It's good to see a good turnout here, I'll tell you that," Wiggins said. She said she planned to vote for Democratic candidates.

"I like Obama, and I don't know a lot about Romney's views," Wiggins said. "I do know about them and I don't like them," Davison said.

Davison said she voted against Dream Act legislation giving in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants.

"My son's in college, and I think that everyone should pay taxes like he should," Davison said. "I don't think anyone should get a free ride."

Dennis Moore said that to him, "voting is a very important right."

"As an African-American, a lot of people died for us to have the right to vote," said Moore, who lives at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Perry Point and came to vote with his friend, fellow VAMC resident Brian Bruckner.

"I'm voting for Obama. I think he's doing a good job," Moore said. "With us being vets, he's doing a good job to help us make sure we get jobs and get job training. He's doing a lot of the vets."

"A lot of things ain't perfect, but he's doing a good job and I think he's honest," Moore said of the president.