Monica Bias of Severna Park called the primary voter turnout at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Company "pathetic" when she voted just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
A 58-year-old state employee, Bias never missed a chance to vote.
"I always vote. I never miss it. You can't make a difference if you don't vote," she said.
One advantage of light turnout was that Bias was able to cast her ballot quickly. "I've been here when the line went out the door and wrapped around and around," she said.
Earleigh Heights had 254 voters at 6 p.m. — 140 Republicans and 114 Democrats — and chief judge Lynn Biancavilla was rooting for turnout to hit 275 by the end of the night.
Precincts around much of Anne Arundel reported low turnouts throughout the day.
In the morning, election signs outnumbered voters at Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton. During the first hour and a half, 25 people showed up, said Kate Schechter, standing outside on behalf of the Democratic party.
Fortunately, she brought a book.
Still, with turnout expectations so low, "it's better than we thought," said Yulynda McKinney, an election judge. "No lines, but steady."
James Robertson, 68, was the only resident voting when he cast his ballot. The Odenton man, who is African American, said he's old enough to remember the struggle for voting rights and can't see why more people don't show up.
"Are their memories so short?" he wondered. "It's important for everybody to vote."
Polls will be open throughout Anne Arundel County until 8 p.m. Anne Arundel's elections director, Joseph A. Torre III, has predicted a turnout of 18 percent to 22 percent of eligible voters.
Robertson, a Democrat who works for the Maryland Transit Administration, voted for Del. Heather Mizeur. He likes some of her social policies and her plan to legalize and tax marijuana.
"You cut down on the jail population and taxes it takes to run it," he said.
That appeals to him in part because taxes in the state have him and his fiance thinking about moving to Pennsylvania or Delaware.
"We like Maryland," he said. "But … these taxes are about to run us out of here."
In Anne Arundel's hard-fought Republican primary for county executive, candidates Laura Neuman and Steve Schuh planned a full day of trying to win over voters.
Neuman voted at Annapolis Middle School shortly after the polls opened, with her husband Paul Volkman and children, Alex and Avery. Though Neuman is the incumbent county executive, it was the first time she voted for herself. She was appointed to her position by the County Council last year after John R. Leopold resigned.
Asked how she felt about Election Day, Neuman said: "I'm very peaceful. I've worked hard. It's up to the voters."
Neuman posed for a photo with her family and chatted with a few voters before hopping in a car for a day full of stops at voting sites around the county.
Schuh, meanwhile, was camped out at a church in Severna Park, where he was joined by former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and Kendel Ehrlich in shaking hands with voters and handing out sample ballots advertising Schuh's allies in Anne Arundel Republican races.
"Win, lose or draw, we did everything we could do. We will not look back and say, 'Coulda, shoulda, woulda,'" said Schuh, who also had a long schedule of planned visits to voting sites.
Ehrlich, who lives in Annapolis, has remained neutral in the Republican gubernatorial primary, but said he was pleased to support Schuh. Ehrlich has recorded TV and radio ads for Schuh and appeared at campaign events.
The winner of Anne Arundel's Republican primary for county executive will face George F. Johnson IV, a former county sheriff who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Eight days of early voting were held at five Anne Arundel locations over the past two weeks. In the first seven days, 4.41 percent of Anne Arundel's eligible voters cast ballots, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
More Anne Arundel Democrats voted early than Republicans, 7,072 to 4,826.