"Tennyson has two mommies. It's very important for us to vote for Question 6," Hopley said. "We want her to be part of this historic decision."

"I want to be able to tell her, 'You were there the first time we tried to vote for this,'" Hopley said.

Voting in general is important she said.

"I think we all have a role in deciding our futures. We all have different ideas what the future should be," Hopley said. "That's what makes it more interesting."


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Besides the presidential race, the statewide ballot questions were drawing voters to the polls in Harford County in droves.

Scott Schlegel, the chief Republican judge at Prospect Mill, said voting was "heavy" all day, and he thinks it's the questions, not the presidential race, that's drawing the voters.

Schlegel has been working elections for 28 years, and likened this year's to the year of the gun ban in 1986 or 1988.

"When the polls closed at 8 p.m., there were 300 people in line," Schlegel said. "It might be that way tonight."

Even with 40 people waiting, the line to vote at Prospect Mill Elementary School moved smoothly around noon Tuesday.

It was the same way at most polls, where election officials were saying the crowds were larger than usual. It took about 30 minutes to get through the entire voting process at Prospect Mill, and by the time it was over, the lines were much shorter.

At Aberdeen Middle School, there was about a 30-minute wait to vote around 10:30 a.m., elections officials said.

There was also a long line of people waiting to vote at Jarrettsville Elementary in the other end of the county around 10:40 a.m.

The mid-morning lines followed what appeared to be a lull at some polling places following the first two hours of voting early Tuesday morning.

Harford County’s 75 polling places opened at 7 a.m. sharp, as presidential Election Day 2012 arrived across the United States Tuesday.

In Fallston, where the 7 a.m. temperature was 32 degrees and frost covered the farm fields, voters and came an went fairly quickly at Precinct 3-06 at Fallston Middle School during the first hour the polls were open. The sun was rising rapidly in a blue sky with a few white clouds.

Lisa Fresham-Wilson and Christopher Comeringer, the two election judges for the precinct, said they had already been pretty busy. At 7:30 there was about a 10-minute wait to sign in and get an empty voting station.

"We had a line outside when we opened," Comeringer said. "We've never had that before."

"So far it's gone very well, no probblems," he added.

By 8 a.m., the traffic in and out of the parking lot at Fallston Middle had died down considerably.

Under mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-30s, campaign workers at four Havre de Grace precincts reported steady to heavy voter turnout first thing Tuesday morning.