Voters back at the polls in Harford, early turnout still steady

After a two-day hiatus, early voting was back in full swing at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air Wednesday and Thursday.

While the crowd was nowhere near as large as it was Saturday or Sunday, there was still a steady flow of voters walking in and out of the building Wednesday afternoon.

Many tried to vote Saturday — the first day of early voting this election season — but decided to leave and come back another day when there were fewer people.

By late Thursday afternoon, about 10,700 voters, about 6 percent of those eligible to vote in Harford, had cast an early ballot over the four days.

On Wednesday, 3,385 voters cast their ballots, with another 2,207 voting Thursday as of 4:15 p.m.

To compensate for polls being closed Monday and Tuesday, the Maryland State Board of Elections announced it would extend early voting 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through today (Friday).

Harford County Election Director Kevin Keene said besides some minor issues, everything was back up and running smoothly.

"I love being here," he said. "The crowds have been great and not as crowded as Saturday or Sunday."

Keene said people seemed patient in line and understood why polls were closed the last two days.

The group at the McFaul center, Keene said, has been "bending over backward to accommodate people to come in and vote."

Hedy and Edward Lupus, of Fallston, enjoy the convenience of early voting and being able to come in on their own schedule.

"We thought we wouldn't hit as much of a crowd," Hedy Lupus said as to why they came Wednesday afternoon. They came to vote Saturday, but left after deciding it was too crowded.

The couple said they are both passionate about Questions 6 and 7, same sex marriage and expanding gambling in the state. Both are also supporters of Mitt Romney.

"He's the better qualified man for the presidency," Edward Lupus said. His wife added, "It's his core values. We truly believe he does care about the middle class."

Havre de Grace resident Mary Duffy and her caretaker, Angie Bowersox, of Aberdeen, came together to vote.

"We didn't want to miss out. Don't want to take any more chances of any more storms," Bowersox laughed. They, too, tried to Saturday and decided to leave after seeing the number of people in line.

This time around, the two went right in and voted.

When asked if there was an issue on the ballot she was passionate about, Duffy joked, "To be nice to old people." She then said, "Well, I'm a Republican and I voted for Romney."

Bowersox said she did the same.

"I love this country and it want to keep it the way it was," she said. "I want my grandchildren to grow up in the same country I did."

Michelle Crockson, of Edgewood, came to the McFaul Center to vote with her mom.

Like those before her, Crockson tried to vote Saturday, but was deterred by the line.

As for who she was voting for, Crockson said she supported President Barack Obama.

"I think he's the right person for the job."

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